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Construction Equipment Rental Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis

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Introduction and Overview

The 6th edition of the 'Construction Equipment Rental Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis' incorporates original input and primary research. This updated report represents a unique, informed and up-to-date analysis of the market, including recent trends and issues that are likely to have an impact on the market going forward over the next 5 years.

Key issues covered in the report include:

  • Detailed assessment of the market - analysis of the market structure, key national companies and recent developments in the market.
  • Forecasts of market developments up to 2021 - market size and factors impacting on the market.
  • Analysis of hire market by product group - earth-moving, lifting, skips and rubbish chutes, access equipment, hand and power tools, portable buildings and environmental, road making, primary construction equipment, etc. - market size, key influencing factors, prospects, product mix and Key suppliers.

Key areas of insight include:

  • Key trends and market influencing factors 2012-2016.
  • Forecasts of performance of the UK Construction Equipment Rental Market, 2017-2021.
  • Major equipment/machinery/suppliers by hire sector product group.
  • Review of hire product sectors by type of hire company - e.g. Plant Hire, Tool Hire, Specialist and 'Other'.
  • Review of major rental companies - plant hire, tool hire, specialists - key players, shares etc.

Some of the companies included:

AFI Uplift, Aggreko, Ainscough, Andrews Sykes, A-Plant, Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services, Biffa Waste, Brandon Hire, Briggs Equipment, Carrier Rental Systems, CRH, AB2000, Elliott Hire, Finning UK, GAP Group, Hewden Stuart, HSS Hire, Lavendon, Liebherr Rental, Mabey Hire, Portakabin, Quattro Plant, RMD Kwikform, Selwood, Skip Hire UK, Speedy Hire, VP plc, Weldex, Wernick,


Hire Market

  • Market definition in terms of type of outlets, range of products and type of hire company.
  • Market trends 2012-2016 - Factors influencing market development (levels of construction activity, infrastructure developments, legislation, events, weather, impact of hire rates & periods).
  • Forecasts of market size up to 2021.
  • Market prospects for hire market - impact of construction and non-construction activity, fleet regeneration & expansion. Key sectors - domestic and non-domestic construction e.g. offices, infrastructure (including transport and utilities), etc.

Leading Hire Companies

  • Market shares of major hire companies - major players, market consolidation, increasing shares through acquisitions and organic growth.
  • Review of major hire companies - turnover, branches, areas of specialisation etc.
  • Competitive structure - plant hire, tool hire, and specialist companies.
  • Indicated share of channels per product - earth moving, materials handlers, cranes, skips, powered access, non-mechanical access, tools, pumps, road making, formwork/falsework/propping/shoring, piles & pile driving, tunnelling, tippers, sweepers, bowsers, generators, compressors, portable buildings, washing stations, etc.

Products and Suppliers

  • Product mix within major product groups - analysis by major sectors, share by sector, key trends, new product developments etc.
  • Product trends by product group - growth sectors, areas of specialisation, etc.
  • Review of hire product sectors by type of hire company - plant hire, tool hire and specialist.
  • Major equipment/machinery suppliers by hire sector product group.

Market Prospects

  • Forecast of market development - short term prospects in 2017 and medium-term prospects up to 2021.
  • Positive and negative factors affecting the market - performance of UK economy, housebuilding & non-domestic construction, manufacturing, waste management, warehouse capacity, etc
  • Key construction sectors - infrastructure, entertainment & leisure, housing, etc.
  • Impact of key projects - HS2, Hinkley Point, renewable energy programmes etc.
  • Future developments, implications for hire companies.

Report Summary

The UK construction equipment rental industry is extremely competitive and relatively fragmented, and ranges from national equipment rental companies to local independents operating in the market. Companies range widely in terms of geographical coverage, financial resources, brand recognition and equipment offered. Some companies are more reliant on construction whereas other companies have developed more diverse markets, such as manufacturing, recycling and events. The market experienced modest growth for the period 2010-2013, but increased significantly in 2014 due to improvements in both housing and non-domestic building markets as well as manufacturing and other non-construction end-use sectors. From 2015 onwards the market once again reverted to modest but steady growth levels similar to pre-2014 levels.

The construction equipment rental market is extremely diverse, with equipment ranging from tools to excavators. Demand for each type of equipment varies, reflecting a combination of factors. The primary driver is the performance of the end-use sectors requiring the equipment; e.g. planers, pavers and rollers depend on the level of highway repair activity; forklift hire is influenced by the level of distribution & warehouse activity; other factors such as the weather impact on the level of hire of some types of equipment (e.g. pumping and climate control). In terms of market share by product sector, earth moving equipment represents the largest equipment sector, accounting for almost a quarter of hire value. Other key sectors include lifting, access equipment, skips & rubbish chutes, portable buildings & environmental control and hand & power tools.

In terms of end use sectors infrastructure remains key, although certain parts of the infrastructure sector have performed differently in recent years, with for example the rail sector declining in recent years, whilst the utilities sector (particularly electricity) has performed well. Other key end-use sectors include housebuilding, offices, education and industrial, while major non-construction sectors include manufacturing, waste management and events. Of course, the level of hire is also dependent on companies opting to hire rather than buy. Many companies choose to hire plant and tools, generally to avoid risk - in particular capital investment risk, operating risk and legislative/compliance risk.

For market trends in the construction equipment rental market, the construction industry is increasingly driven towards using environmentally sustainable products. As a consequence, many hire companies are expanding their ranges of eco-friendly equipment. Additionally, the recovery in hire demand in 2014/15 has seen many hire companies investing in fleet upgrades and expansion. Of course, individual hire companies' experiences tend to vary in terms of product sectors and regional & geographical trends. Companies in the South East, for example, are seeing higher demand from the housebuilding sector than those in the North of England / Scotland.

Looking forward, the range of factors influencing the market are extensive and as such the equipment hired will be influenced by the applications required in each end-user sector as well as other more product specific issues. The biggest risk factor in the forecast will be the effect of the 'Brexit' negotiations on the levels of confidence and investment, which in turn impacts on both construction and non-construction activity. Positive influencing factors include the fact that from 2018 onwards several construction sub-sectors are forecast to increase output including infrastructure, entertainment & leisure, industrial and health, as well as housebuilding. Furthermore, additional hire demand will be achieved from non-construction sectors such as manufacturing, events and increasing warehouse capacity (to furnish the growth of Internet shopping and 'click and collect' services), etc. Also, health & safety and environmental legislation is likely to continue to impact positively on a range of hire sectors. Overall, despite concerns over potentially negative factors, such as Brexit, impacting business confidence, growth is forecast to continue at a steady rate over the 2017-2021 period.


List of Contents

Contents Listing

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION 5
  2. 1.1 BACKGROUND 6
  3. 1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 6
  4. 2. SUMMARY AND FUTURE PROSPECTS 8
  5. 2.1 SUMMARY 8
  6. 2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS 9
  7. 3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 11
  8. 3.1 GDP 11
  9. 3.2 INFLATION & INTEREST RATES 12
  10. 3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 13
  11. 3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 14
  12. 3.5 HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION 14
  13. 3.6 STERLING 15
  14. 3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 16
  15. 3.8 CONCLUSIONS 16
  16. 4. CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL MARKET 18
  17. 4.1 DEFINITION 18
  18. 4.2 MARKET STRUCTURE 19
  19. 4.3 MARKET SIZE 21
  20. 4.3.1 Recent Performance 21
  21. 4.3.2 Market Prospects 24
  22. 4.4 KEY MARKET INFLUENCES 28
  23. 4.4.1 Construction 28
  24. 4.4.2 Non-domestic Construction 29
  25. 4.4.3 Housebuilding 34
  26. 4.4.4 Non-construction 36
  27. 4.4.5 Legislation 37
  28. 5. CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL COMPANIES 39
  29. 5.1 MARKET STRUCTURE 39
  30. 5.2 COMPANY SHARES 41
  31. 5.3 COMPANY PROFILES 42
  32. 5.4 PLANT HIRE, TOOL HIRE, SPECIALIST & OTHERS BY PRODUCT SECTOR 46
  33. 6. PRODUCTS 48
  34. 6.1 PRODUCT MIX 48
  35. 6.2 PRODUCT TRENDS 49
  36. 6.2.1 Earth Moving Equipment 49
  37. 6.2.2 Lifting Plant 52
  38. 6.2.3 Skips & Rubbish Chutes 55
  39. 6.2.4 Access Equipment 56
  40. 6.2.5 Hand and Power Tools 61
  41. 6.2.6 Portable Buildings and Environmental Hire Products 62
  42. 6.2.7 Pumping, Crushing and Screening Plant 65
  43. 6.2.8 Road-Making Equipment 67
  44. 6.2.9 Primary Construction Equipment 69
  45. 6.2.10 Transport, Sweepers, Bowsers, Washing Stations 71
  46. 6.2.11 Generators and Compressors 73
  47. 6.2.12 Gardening and Landscaping Equipment 76
  48. 6.2.13 Lighting, Welding and Small Power 77
  49. 6.2.14 Cleaning and Floor Preparation 79
  50. 6.2.15 Concreting and Compacting 81
  51. 6.2.16 Ancillary Hire Products 82

Tables and Charts

  1. CHART 1: UK CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL MARKET, 2012-2021 (£M) 8
  2. TABLE 2: GDP DATA - 2015-2017 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 12
  3. CHART 3: INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 2000-2021 13
  4. CHART 4: PDI & SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 2000-2021 14
  5. TABLE 5: EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2013-2019 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 16
  6. CHART 6: CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL MARKET DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE 20
  7. TABLE 7: UK CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2012-2021 21
  8. TABLE 8: NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT SECTOR ANALYSIS 2017 TO 2021 - BY VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES) 27
  9. CHART 9: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) NEW WORK & RMI - CURRENT PRICES (£BN) 2012 -2021 29
  10. CHART 10: NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN)- CURRENT PRICES (£BN) 2012 -2021 30
  11. CHART 11: NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT NEW WORK ANALYSIS BY SECTOR 2016 AND 2021 - % BY VALUE GB 30
  12. CHART 12: NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION RMI OUTPUT MIX 2012 TO 2016 - BY VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES) 31
  13. CHART 13: INFRASTRUCTURE OUTPUT BY SECTOR (ROADS, RAILWAYS, WATER, ELECTRICITY, ETC) - 2016 - BY VALUE (%) 32
  14. CHART 14: VALUE OF ROAD & RAIL CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012-2016 (£ BILLION) 33
  15. CHART 15: UTILITIES MARKET GB CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2012 TO 2016 - BY VALUE (£BN AT CURRENT PRICES) 34
  16. CHART 16: HOUSEBUILDING STARTS & COMPLETIONS AND FORECASTS (UK) BY NUMBER OF DWELLINGS 2012 - 2021 ('000 DWELLINGS) 35
  17. CHART 17: HOUSEBUILDING COMPLETIONS IN ENGLAND - % MIX BY TYPE OF DWELLING (FLATS VERSUS HOUSES) 2005-2020 36
  18. TABLE 18: MARKET SHARES OF MAJOR UK CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT HIRE OPERATORS - 2016 41
  19. TABLE 19: ESTIMATED SHARES BY TYPE OF HIRE COMPANY (PLANT, TOOL, SPECIALISTS) BY HIRE PRODUCT SECTORS (EARTH MOVING, LIFTING, ACCESS ETC) - 2016 47
  20. TABLE 20: OVERALL CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT RENTAL MARKET PRODUCT MIX AT HIRE MARKET VALUE (£M) - 2016 48
  21. TABLE 21: HIRE MARKET FOR EARTH MOVING PRODUCTS (EXCAVATORS, LOADING SHOVELS, DUMP TRUCKS, OTHERS) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 49
  22. TABLE 22: HIRE MARKET FOR LIFTING PLANT (MATERIALS HANDLING, CRANES) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 52
  23. TABLE 23: HIRE MARKET FOR SKIPS & RUBBISH CHUTES AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 55
  24. TABLE 24: HIRE MARKET FOR ACCESS EQUIPMENT (POWERED, SCAFFOLDING, TOWERS, LADDERS ETC) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 56
  25. CHART 25: UK MEWP MARKET 2015 (SCISSORS, BOOMS. TRAILER MOUNTED, VEHICLE MOUNTED ETC) - MIX BY VOLUME 58
  26. TABLE 26: HIRE MARKET FOR HAND AND POWER TOOLS (DRILLING/BREAKING, CUTTING/GRINDING, CARPENTRY, PLUMBING, OTHERS) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE - 2016 61
  27. TABLE 27: HIRE MARKET FOR PORTABLE BUILDINGS AND ENVIRONMENTAL AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 63
  28. CHART 28: PRODUCT MIX - UK HIRE MARKET FOR HEATING, DRYING & COOLING(DEHUMIDIFIERS, HEATERS, AIR CONDITIONING) 2016 AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 64
  29. TABLE 29: HIRE MARKET FOR PUMPING, CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 65
  30. TABLE 30: HIRE MARKET FOR ROAD MAKING PRODUCTS (ROLLERS, PLANERS/PAVERS, OTHERS) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 68
  31. TABLE 31: HIRE MARKET FOR PRIMARY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT (FORMWORK, PILES/DRIVING, TUNNELLING) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 69
  32. TABLE 32: HIRE MARKET FOR TRANSPORT, SWEEPERS, BOWSERS, WASHING STATIONS AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 72
  33. TABLE 33: HIRE MARKET FOR GENERATORS, COMPRESSORS, ETC AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 74
  34. TABLE 34: HIRE MARKET FOR GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING EQUIPMENT £M AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2016 76
  35. TABLE 35: HIRE MARKET FOR SMALL GENERATORS AND ASSOCIATED LIGHTING, WELDING & POWER AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2016 77
  36. TABLE 36: HIRE MARKET FOR CLEANING AND FLOOR PREPARATION (WASHERS, FLOOR FINISHING, CLEANERS ETC) AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2016 79
  37. TABLE 37: HIRE MARKET FOR CONCRETING/COMPACTING (PLATE COMPACTORS, SCREEDING, CONCRETE, ROLLERS ETC) AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2016 (£M) 81
  38. TABLE 38: HIRE MARKET FOR ANCILLARY HIRE PRODUCTS (LIFTING GEAR, TEMPORARY PORTABLE ACCESS, SITE EQUIPMENT ETC) AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2016 82

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