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AMA Research are pleased to announce the publication of the 10th edition of their review of the tool hire sector - “Tool Hire Specialists Market Report – UK 2014-2018 Analysis”. This publication represents a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the structure of the tool hire industry with particular emphasis on the following:
TOOL HIRE MARKET - Size, Structure, Trends, Forecasts up to 2018

HIRE COMPANIES - National, Regional, Local, Specialists, Builders Merchants.
ANALYSIS BY PRODUCT GROUP - Access equipment; Concreting & Compacting; Heating, Cooling & Drying; Plumbing & Pumping; Lighting, Welding & Power; Drilling & Breaking; Cutting & Grinding; Gardening & Landscaping; Cleaning & Floor Preparation; Carpentry & Woodworking; Miscellaneous Products.
The tool hire market is continually evolving in terms of industry structure, product specialisation and relative importance of key markets. Infrastructure, housebuilding and RMI have helped to underpin the market at different times in recent years, while other factors such as the weather and legislative changes have also had an impact.

Issues of specific interest:

Analysis of market performance 2007-2013.
Forecast of market developments from 2014-2018.
Review of key market influences, including non-domestic construction, housebuilding, RMI, events sector, weather, regulations and legislation etc.
Hire Product Group analysis – market sizes, influences and trend, key growth sectors, future prospects.
Market shares and review of major players in the UK tool hire industry
Estimated shares of type of hire company (eg. plant, tool, specialist) for each hire product group.
Some of the key companies featured include:
A-Plant, Balloo Hire, Banson Tool Hire, Bradford Building Supplies, Brandon Hire Limited, Champion Hire, Gap Group, HSS Hire Service Group, Jewson, Lord Hire Centres, Ridgeon, Speedy Hire, Supply UK Hire Shops, Travis Perkins, VP Plc.

Key areas covered in the report include:

HIRE MARKET
Tool hire market definition in terms of type of outlets and range of products.
Market size - analysis by value 2007-2013 and forecasts up to 2016.
Market trends and major factors influencing market development - housebuilding, non-domestic construction and industrial activity, new specialist products, events, DIY market, legislation etc..
Hire market forecasts - market size, prospects and influencing factors on the market for 2014-2018.

TOOL HIRE COMPANIES
Overview of supply structure - competitive, mature market including hire outlets and builders merchants
Review of leading tool hire companies -nationals and large regional operators - market shares, turnover, company structure etc.
Identification of key tool hire customer groups - builders, plumbing & heating contractors, public sector, facilities management companies etc.
Total volume of outlets - multiple branch companies, builders merchants, small hire companies.
Share of hire market by value – multiple branch companies, builders merchants, small hire companies. Comparison of shares in 2007 and 2013.

PRODUCTS / SUPPLIERS
Market size by major hire product group in 2013.
Product mixes - estimated shares of main product groups within overall market, and sub-sector product mixes.
Product groups reviewed - definition, market size and product mix within each sector and product breakdowns within sectors.
Key trends by product group - recent trends and factors affecting the sector, growth sectors, relative importance of the hire market.
Identification of main suppliers by product group.
Shares of tool hire companies, plant hire companies and specialists in key product sectors.

FUTURE PROSPECTS / HOUSING / CONSTRUCTION
Forecasts for market development to 2018.
Positive and negative factors affecting the market - construction levels, weather, trend towards Internet retailing, market competition, 'hire v.s. buy' issue, hire rates etc.
The UK tool hire market is estimated to be worth around £721m in 2013. This competitive market incorporates a diverse group of hire products and serves a wide range of end use sectors, including infrastructure, private commercial construction, housebuilding, industrial and DIY/home improvements.

The core product sectors of the UK tool hire market include access equipment; drilling & breaking; power, welding and lighting; gardening & landscaping; plumbing & pumping; cutting & grinding, heating, cooling & drying; carpentry & woodworking; cleaning & floor preparation; concreting & compacting; as well as a wide range of miscellaneous products. Access equipment, the largest product sector, is estimated to account for around 13% of the market, with other key sectors being heating, cooling & drying (10%), power, lighting & welding; gardening and landscaping (8% respectively).
Overall the construction industry saw a varying performance between sectors in 2013, but a recovery in some sectors in the second half of the year, particularly housebuilding, together with extreme weather that stimulated demand for particular products, helped to underpin the market. The improving economic climate has led to more, albeit cautious, optimism in the tool hire market.

Key sectors expected to provide opportunities are infrastructure and housebuilding initially, followed by offices, industrial, retail and leisure sectors. The events industry in the UK is growing and this should continue to provide demand for some tool hire sectors. Influencing ‘local’ hire demand for tools & 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 tool hire market is dominated by large, multi-branch organisations, which have expanded through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. Key companies include Speedy Hire, HSS Hire and A-Plant.
The UK tool hire market is forecast to grow steadily through to 2018, reaching an estimated value of around £828 million, with prospects dependent on underlying growth in the economy as well as continued growth in the domestic sector and recovery in the non-domestic sectors.

Table Of Contents

Tool Hire Specialist Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis
1. INTRODUCTION 7
1.1 BACKGROUND 7
1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 8
2. SUMMARY AND FUTURE PROSPECTS 9
2.1 SUMMARY 9
2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS 11
3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 14
3.1 GDP 14
3.2 INFLATION and INTEREST RATES 16
3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 17
3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 17
3.5 HOUSING and CONSTRUCTION 18
3.6 STERLING 19
3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 20
3.8 CONCLUSIONS 20
4. THE TOOL HIRE SPECIALISTS MARKET 22
4.1 OVERVIEW 22
4.2 TOOL HIRE MARKET DEFINITION 22
4.3 MARKET STRUCTURE - PRODUCT SALES/TOOL HIRE 24
4.4 MARKET SIZE 27
4.4.1 Background and Recent Performance 27
4.4.2 Future Prospects 30
5. TOOL HIRE COMPANIES 36
5.1 OVERVIEW 36
5.2 MARKET SHARES 37
5.2.1 Tool Hire Company Market Shares 37
5.2.2 By Outlet Numbers 39
5.2.3 By value 41
5.3 HIRE COMPANIES 43
5.3.1 National Hire Companies 43
5.3.2 Major Regional Companies 44
5.3.3 Plant Hire Companies 45
5.3.4 Builders and Plumbers Merchants 46
5.3.5 Small Independent Hire Companies 49
5.3.6 Other Hire Outlets 49
5.4 BUYING AND SPECIFICATION PROCESS 50
5.4.1 Buying Groups and Trade Bodies 50
5.4.2 Legislation and Training. 51
6. PRODUCTS 54
6.1 OVERVIEW 54
6.1.1 Product Shares of Tool Hire Sectors within Overall Construction Equipment Rental 54
6.2 PRODUCT MIX OFFERED BY TOOL HIRE COMPANIES 56
6.3 PRODUCT TRENDS 57
6.3.1 Access Equipment 57
6.3.2 Heating, Cooling and Drying 60
6.3.3 Gardening and Landscaping Equipment 62
6.3.4 Plumbing and Pumping 63
6.3.5 Power, Welding and Lighting 66
6.3.6 Drilling and Breaking 68
6.3.7 Cleaning and Floor Preparation 69
6.3.8 Carpentry and Woodworking 71
6.3.9 Cutting and Grinding 72
6.3.10 Concreting and Compacting 74
6.3.11 Miscellaneous Product Groups 76
7. TOOL HIRE CUSTOMERS 79
7.1 INTRODUCTION 79
7.2 BUILDERS 79
7.3 PLUMBING AND HEATING CONTRACTORS 81
7.4 LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND PUBLIC BODIES 82
7.5 LARGE AND SMALL CONTRACTORS 82
7.6 MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 84
7.7 OTHER CONTRACTORS 84
7.8 FACTORY ENGINEERS, BUYERS AND MAINTENANCE MANAGERS 84
7.9 CLEANING CONTRACTORS 85
7.10 CONSUMERS 85
7.11 EVENTS COMPANIES 86

CHART 1: UK TOOL HIRE MARKET SIZE AND FORECASTS 2007-2018 (£M) 9
TABLE 2: GDP DATA - 2010-2013 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 15
CHART 3: INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 1994-2018 16
CHART 4: PDI and SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 1995-2018 18
TABLE 5: EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2008-2014 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 20
CHART 6: TOOL HIRE DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE - KEY CHANNELS 25
TABLE 7: UK TOOL HIRE MARKET 2008-2014 AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 27
TABLE 8: UK TOOL HIRE MARKET FORECAST 2013-2018 AT HIRE MARKET PRICES (£M) 31
CHART 9: GROWTH FORECASTS OF CONSTRUCTION SECTORS (HOUSING, EDUCATION, OFFICES, INFRASTRUCTURE, HEALTH ETC) 2013-2017 32
TABLE 10: ESTIMATED MARKET SHARES OF LEADING TOOL HIRE COMPANIES BY VALUE 2013 38
CHART 11: SHARES OF TOTAL HIRE OUTLETS BY SECTOR (MULTIPLE BRANCH COMPANIES, BUILDERS MERCHANTS AND SMALLER HIRE COMPANIES) - 2013 40
CHART 12: SHARES OF HIRE MARKET - BY SECTOR AND VALUE - MULTIPLE BRANCH COMPANIES, BUILDERS MERCHANTS AND SMALLER HIRE COMPANIES - 2013 41
CHART 13: SHARES OF HIRE MARKET BY VALUE - 2007 and 2013 - MULTIPLE BRANCH COMPANIES, BUILDERS MERCHANTS AND SMALL HIRE COMPANIES 42
CHART 14: BUILDERS MERCHANTS MARKET SHARES 2013 47
TABLE 15: BUILDERS MERCHANTS SHARE OF TOTAL TOOL HIRE OUTLETS 2005-2013 48
CHART 16: NUMBER AND RATE OF FATAL INJURIES TO WORKERS IN CONSTRUCTION 2004-2013 52
TABLE 17: ESTIMATED SHARES BY TYPE OF HIRE COMPANY (PLANT, TOOL, SPECIALISTS) BY HIRE PRODUCT SECTORS 2013 55
TABLE 18: ESTIMATED HIRE PRODUCT MIX 2013 £M AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 57
TABLE 19: HIRE MARKET FOR ACCESS EQUIPMENT AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 (INCLUDING ACCESS TOWERS, LADDERS AND LIGHT POWERED ACCESS EQUIPMENT) 58
CHART 20: UK MARKET FOR HEATING, DRYING and COOLING 2013 AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 60
TABLE 21: HIRE MARKET FOR GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING EQUIPMENT - £M AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 62
CHART 22: HIRE MARKET FOR PLUMBING/PUMPING - AT 2013 HIRE MARKET PRICES - BY PRODUCT GROUP (PUMPS, PIPE THREADERS, BENDERS, FREEZERS ETC) 64
TABLE 23: HIRE MARKET FOR POWER, WELDING and LIGHTING AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 66
TABLE 24: HIRE MARKET FOR BREAKING and DRILLING AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 (£M) 68
TABLE 25: HIRE MARKET FOR CLEANING AND FLOOR PREPARATION (WASHERS, FLOOR FINISHING, CLEANERS ETC) AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 69
CHART 26: HIRE MARKET FOR CARPENTRY and WOODWORKING (SANDERS, STAPLERS, SCREWDRIVERS ETC) AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 71
CHART 27: HIRE MARKET FOR CUTTING/GRINDING (DISC-CUTTERS, ANGLE-GRINDERS, SPLITTERS, SAWS ETC) £M AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 73
CHART 28: HIRE MARKET FOR CONCRETING/COMPACTING (PLATE COMPACTORS, SCREEDING, CONCRETE, ROLLERS ETC) AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 (£M) 75
TABLE 29: HIRE MARKET FOR MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTS (LIFTING/MATERIAL HANDLING, SURVEYING, COMPACT EQPMT ETC) £M AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2013 76
TABLE 30: ENTERPRISES INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS REGISTERED FOR VAT BY TURNOVER BAND SIZE 2012 80
TABLE 31: PLUMBING, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLERS REGISTERED FOR VAT BY TURNOVER BAND 2013 81
TABLE 32: TOP 20 FM SUPPORT SERVICES COMPANIES IN THE UK 83


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