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Plant Hire Market Report - UK 2013-2017 Analysis 

  • November 2013
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  • AMA Research
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  • 91 pages

AMA Research is pleased to announce the publication of the ninth edition of the report ‘Plant Hire Market Report – UK 2013-2017 Analysis’. The report provides an informed and up-to-date review of this substantial market and includes a review of recent market trends up to 2013 and forecasts over the next few years.

The report contains:

DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF THE MARKET – analysis of the market structure and details of key players within the market.
FORECASTS OF MARKET DEVELOPMENTS TO 2017.
ANALYSIS BY PRODUCT GROUP - market sizes, product mixes and sector trends:
Earth moving – excavators, dump trucks, site dumpers, loading shovels.
Lifting – cranes, powered access, material handling equipment.
Pumping, crushing and screening plant.
Road making equipment – rollers, planers, pavers, trenchers.
Compressors, generators, lighting and welding.
Others/non-mechanical plant – environmental (heating, cooling & drying), portable accommodation and "other" equipment.Of particular interest are the following:

Analysis of market performance 2007-2013.
Forecast of market performance 2013-2017.
Review of key market influences including non-domestic construction, housebuilding, events sector (Olympics/Post-Olympics effect), waste, transport, water industry, etc.
Market shares and review of major players.
Estimated shares of type of hire company (e.g. plant, tool, specialist) for each hire product group.
Hire product group analysis – market sizes, influences and trends.


Some of the major contractors featured include:

AB 2000, Ace Plant, AGD Equipment, Aggreko, Ainscough Crane Hire, Ambrose Plant Hire, Andrews Sykes Group, Apex Generators, Ascus, Ashtead Group, Atterbury, Baldwins Crane Hire, Beck and Pollitzer Engineering, Bison Plant Hire, Blackwood Plant Hire, BPH Equipment (Birse Group), Briggs Equipment, Caledonian Cranes, Carrier Rental Systems, Charles Wilson Engineers, Clive Barford (CBL), Cobra, Dawson Rentals, Drumclog Plant Hire, Elliott Hire, Exsel Pumps, Finning UK, Fork Rent, Gap Group, Garic, Generator Power, Gordon Bow, Harsco Infrastructure Services, Hawk Plant Hire, Haz Hire, HE Services, Hewden Stuart, Hydrainer, ITT Water and Wastewater, JC Plant, John Gunn and Sons, Jones Bros, King Lifting, Lavendon Group, Liebherr-Rental, Loxam Access, M.J. Church (Plant), Mammoet UK, Millennium Crane Hire, Morris Leslie Plant, P. Flannery Plant Hire (Oval), P.E. Generators, PKL Group, Platform Sales and Hire, Pochin Concrete Pumping, Portakabin Hire Division, Powerplant (Stamford), Quattro Plant, Readypower Engineering, Select Plant Hire, Selwood, Speedy Hire, TXM Plant Utraanz, VP, Walters Group, Weldex (International) Offshore, Wernick.

Key areas covered in the report include:

THE MARKET
Plant hire market – market definition - range of products and type of outlets.
Market size - analysis by value from 2007-2013 and key characteristics of the market.
Product groups reviewed – earth moving; lifting; pumping, crushing & screening; road making; compressors, generators &lighting and other/ non-mechanical.
Market trends and major factors influencing market development, including impact of construction and non-construction activities, housebuilding, non-domestic construction, waste & recycling, manufacturing and events (Olympics/post-Olympics effect) etc.
Infrastructure market – road, rail, utilities – construction equipment hire market size in infrastructure applications. Waste management sector review.
Market forecasts – market size, prospects and influencing factors on the market for 2013 and up to 2017.
PLANT HIRE COMPANIES

Overview of supply structure – competitive, fragmented sector with most players operating in relatively limited product sectors due to the high number of specialist operators.
Identification of main suppliers – major suppliers, key specialists by product group.
Review of leading plant hire companies – market shares, turnovers, company structure, key areas of specialisation etc.

PRODUCTS
Estimated shares of the main product groups within the overall market.
Product groups – definition, market size and product mix within each sector – excavators/loading shovels/dump trucks; cranes/powered access/materials handling; concrete pumps and mixers/crushing and screening plant/other pumps; rollers/planers/pavers/hot boxes;generators/compressors/lighting & welding; portable buildings/environmental etc.
Product sectors – review of products within the sector including recent trends and factors affecting sector.
Estimated shares of type of hire company (e.g. plant, tool, specialist) for each hire product group.
FUTURE PROSPECTS


Forecast of market development to 2017.

Positive and negative factors affecting the market – construction levels (infrastructure in particular), weather, non-construction activity (trend towards Internet retailing), market competition, ‘hire vs buy’ issue, hire rates, etc.The UK plant hire market is estimated to be worth around £2.3 billion (excluding all ancillary revenues) in 2013. Following significant market decline in 2009, the market has remained relatively stable. Performance reflects the variable trends of different hire product groups and the wide range of end use sectors, including both construction and non-construction activities, with the former being the most significant sector.

The market is relatively fragmented due to the high number of specialist operators with different competitors in different hire product sectors.

Different plant hire sectors have experienced differing performances, with different types of equipment within each equipment sector also showing some variation. For example overall the earthmoving sector has performed better than the pumping, crushing & screening sector; and within the lifting sector, material handling equipment has fared better than the cranes sector in recent years.

Earth moving equipment represents the largest equipment sector, accounting for around 37% of hire value. Other key sectors include lifting accounting for around 36% market share, pumping, crushing & screening plant for 7% share, road making for 6% share, generators & compressor for 5% share and others/non-mechanical equipment for the remaining 9% share of the market.

It is estimated that construction accounts for around two-thirds of the plant hire market, with the remaining share accounted for by the non-construction sector. Whilst construction levels fell in 2012, there were some positive areas such as the events sector, including the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics that provided good hire opportunities for equipment such as generators, climate control and portable buildings. Overall the construction industry experienced a slowing rate of decline in 2013, with sectors such as infrastructure and housebuilding growing. The improving picture has seen more optimism in the plant hire market.

The level of hire is ultimately dependent on companies choosing to hire rather than buy. Many companies choose to hire plant, generally to avoid risk, in particular capital risk, operating risk and legislative / compliance risk.

Significant niche sector hire opportunities include the Crossrail project, while in general terms positive infrastructure investment provides steady underlying demand for many hire sectors. Influencing ‘local’ hire demand for equipment are factors such as regional investment programmes as well as geographic, climatic and seasonal factors. Also impacting on the market are other issues such as health & safety and environmental & energy efficiency legislation.

The recovery of the non-domestic construction sector will remain primarily dependent on the recovery in the private commercial sector being able to offset the effects of public sector budget cuts and spending constraints. The strong infrastructure sector should help to underpin the market that is forecast to show low level growth to 2017, reaching an estimated £2.54m.

The market remains relatively fragmented, although it has become more concentrated since the economic and construction downturn, with the leading 5 hire companies accounting for around a quarter of the market.

Table Of Contents

Plant Hire Market Report - UK 2013-2017 Analysis 
1. INTRODUCTION 5
1.1 BACKGROUND 7
1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 7
2. SUMMARY AND FUTURE PROSPECTS 9
2.1 SUMMARY 9
2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS 11
3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 13
3.1 GDP 13
3.2 INFLATION and INTEREST RATES 14
3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 15
3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 16
3.5 HOUSING and CONSTRUCTION 17
3.6 STERLING 18
3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 19
3.8 CONCLUSIONS 19
4. PLANT HIRE MARKET 21
4.1 DEFINITION 21
4.2 MARKET STRUCTURE 22
4.3 MARKET SIZE 24
4.3.1 Background and Recent Performance 24
4.3.2 Future Prospects 29
4.4. KEY MARKET INFLUENCES 34
4.4.1 Overview 34
4.4.2 Non-domestic Construction 35
4.4.3 Non-construction 44
4.4.4 Housebuilding 47
4.5 HIRE SECTOR OVERVIEW - PLANT HIRE, TOOL HIRE AND SPECIALISTS 49
5. PLANT HIRE COMPANIES 52
5.1 MARKET STRUCTURE 52
6. PRODUCTS 64
6.1 PRODUCT MIX 64
6.2 HIRE PRODUCT GROUPS 65
6.2.1 Earth Moving Equipment 66
6.2.2 Lifting Plant 70
6.2.3 Pumping, Crushing and Screening Plant 77
6.2.4 Road-Making Equipment 80
6.2.5 Compressors, Generators, Lighting and Welding 83
6.2.6 Others/Non-Mechanical Plant 87CHART 1 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET, 2007-2017 (£M) 9
TABLE 2 GDP DATA - 2010-2013 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 13
CHART 3 INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 1992-2017 15
CHART 4 PDI and SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 1995-2017 16
TABLE 5 EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2008-2014 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 18
CHART 6 PLANT HIRE DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE 23
TABLE 7 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2007-2013 25
TABLE 8 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2012-2017 29
CHART 9 NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) 2008 - 2017 - BY VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES) 35
TABLE 10 CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT NEW WORK SECTOR MIX 2008 - 2017 - % BY VALUE (INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, OFFICES, RETAIL ETC) 36
CHART 11 NON DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT MIX OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR RMI 2007 - 2013 - BY VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES) 37
CHART 12 UK PREFABRICATED VOLUMETRIC BUILDINGS MARKET 2007-2013 (£M MSP) 38
CHART 13 UK PREFABRICATED FRAME AND PANEL BUILDING SYSTEMS MARKET 2007-2013 (£M MSP) 39
TABLE 14 INFRASTRUCTURE OUTPUT BY SECTOR (ROADS, RAILWAYS, WATER, ELECTRICITY, ETC - 2010-2012 - BY VALUE (£M) AND % CHANGE BY VALUE 40
CHART 15 VALUE OF ROAD and RAIL CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2006-2013 (£ BILLION) 41
CHART 16 UTILITIES MARKET GB CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2007 TO 2017 - BY VALUE (£BN AT CURRENT PRICES) 43
CHART 17 UK INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET SIZE AND FORECASTS 2008-2016 (£M) 44
TABLE 18 UK MARKET SIZE FOR CONTROLLED WASTE COLLECTION, DISPOSAL AND TREATMENT SERVICES BY VALUE (£MILLION) 2007 -2016 45
CHART 19 HOUSING COMPLETIONS 2007 TO 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM (‘000) 48
CHART 20 HOUSEBUILDING COMPLETIONS - % MIX BY HOUSES / FLATS ENGLAND 2001-2012 49
TABLE 21 ESTIMATED SHARES BY TYPE OF HIRE COMPANY (PLANT, TOOL, SPECIALISTS) BY HIRE PRODUCT SECTORS 2013 50
TABLE 22 MARKET SHARES OF THE UK PLANT HIRE OPERATORS 2012 54
TABLE 23 HIRE COMPANY PRODUCT MIX 2013 £M AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 65
TABLE 24 HIRE MARKET FOR EARTH MOVING PRODUCTS - MIX BY EXCAVATORS, LOADING SHOVELS, DUMP TRUCKS, OTHERS AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013 66
TABLE 25 HIRE MARKET FOR LIFTING PLANT - MIX BY CRANES, POWERED ACCESS, MATERIALS HANDLING AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013 70
CHART 26 UK MEWP MARKET 2012 (SCISSORS, BOOMS. TRAILER MOUNTED, VEHICLE MOUNTED ETC) - MIX BY SALES VOLUME 76
TABLE 27 HIRE MARKET FOR PUMPING, CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT - MIX BY CONCRETE PUMPS/MIXERS, OTHER PUMPS, CRUSHING/SCREENING PLANT AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013 77
TABLE 28 HIRE MARKET FOR ROAD MAKING PRODUCTS - MIX BY ROLLERS, PLANERS/PAVERS, OTHERS AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013 81
TABLE 29 HIRE MARKET FOR COMPRESSORS, GENERATORS ETC - MIX BY GENERATING SETS, COMPRESSORS, LIGHTING/WELDING/TRANSFORMERS AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013 83
TABLE 30 HIRE MARKET FOR NON-MECHANICAL PLANT - MIX BY ENVIRONMENTAL, PORTABLE BUILDINGS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013 88
CHART 31 UK HIRE MARKET FOR HEATING, DRYING and COOLING 2013 AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 90

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