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Tool Hire Specialist Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis

  • March 2014
  • 87 pages
  • AMA Research
Report ID: 3516936


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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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