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Plant Hire Market Report - UK 2016-2020 Analysis

Published: 13/11/2016 / Number of Pages: 81 / Price: £745.00

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Introduction and Overview

The 10th edition of the 'Plant Hire Market Report - UK 2016-2020 Analysis' incorporates original input and primary research, and represents a unique informed and up-to-date analysis of the market. The report reviews developments within the industry, with emphasis on market assessment. Recent trends, key influencing factors and forecasts of future developments are assessed and the report also reviews the product mix offered by hire companies.

Key content covered:

  • Plant hire market review - performance, hire companies and reviews by product group:
  • 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.
  • Generators, compressors, lighting and welding.
  • Others/non-mechanical plant - environmental & 'other' equipment.

Key areas of insight include:

  • Key trends and market influencing factors 2010-2015 - influences including non-domestic construction, housebuilding, events, waste management etc.
  • Forecasts of performance of UK Plant Hire Market 2016-2020.
  • Product sector review - analysis of hire market by product group (as above).
  • Review of market structure and major plant hire companies.
  • Major equipment suppliers by hire sector product group.

Some of the companies included:

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, Hawk Plant Hire, Haz Hire, HE Services, Hewden Stuart, Hydrainer, 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, Weldex (International) Offshore, Wernick.

The Plant Hire Market

  • Market definition of plant hire companies and products included.
  • Market trends 2010-2015. Factors influencing market development (levels of construction activity, infrastructure developments, waste management & environmental factors, legislation, events, growth of offsite manufacturing, impact of hire rates & periods etc).
  • Forecasts of market size up to 2020.
  • Future prospects for hire market - impact of construction and non-construction activity, fleet regeneration & expansion. Key sectors - domestic and non-domestic construction e.g. infrastructure, offices, waste management etc.

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.
  • Market shares of major hire companies - major players, 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 hire companies.

Products / Suppliers

  • Market size and analysis by product group:
  • 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.
  • Generators, compressors, lighting and welding.
  • Others/non-mechanical plant - environmental (heating, cooling & drying), portable accommodation and 'other' equipment.
  • 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, etc.
  • Review of hire product sectors by type of hire company - plant hire, tool hire and specialist.
  • Major equipment suppliers by hire sector product group.

Future Prospects

  • Positive and negative factors affecting the market - construction levels (infrastructure in particular), weather, non-construction activity (trend towards internet retailing), growth of offsite manufacturing, events, competition, 'hire vs buy' issue, hire rates, etc.
  • Key construction sectors - infrastructure, housing, offices, etc. Impact of key projects - rail, roads, renewable energy etc.
  • Future developments and implications for hire companies. Economic influences, future growth prospects for hire market in 2016 and through to 2020.

Report Summary

The UK plant hire market was estimated to have grown by around 5% in 2015, with a further 3% growth forecast for 2016. This market is extremely diverse, with equipment ranging from dehumidifiers to excavators. 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 activity, whilst forklift hire is influenced by the level of distribution & warehouse activity. Other factors such as the weather impacts on the level of hire of some types of equipment, such as pumping and climate control. AMA's estimates relate to equipment hire only and excludes ancillary services, such as fuel, labour, transport etc. which can add substantial value in some hire sectors.

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. As a result, demand for plant hire is heavily dependent on the level of construction activity and market performance over the 2007-2015 period reflects the volatility of the sector. Infrastructure remains the key end-use sector. Other key end-use sectors include housebuilding, offices, education and industrial, while major non-construction sectors include manufacturing, waste management and events. Earth moving equipment represents the largest equipment sector, accounting for around 35% of hire value. Other key sectors include lifting; pumping, crushing & screening plant; generators & compressors; and road making.

In terms of supply, the UK plant hire market is extremely competitive and relatively fragmented. It comprises a range of companies from national hire companies to local independents operating in the market. The market structure continues to evolve. Whilst some companies have reduced the number of outlets, others have expanded their network. Since the downturn, there has been some consolidation as key companies have acquired smaller players, but conversely some new small companies have entered the hire of sectors such as powered access and telehandlers for example. The recovery in hire demand in 2014/15 has given many hire companies growing confidence to invest in fleet upgrades and expansion.

From 2017 onwards all construction sub-sectors are forecast to increase output which will provide hire opportunities in all product sectors of the plant hire market to 2020 - particularly sectors such as housebuilding, infrastructure (including transport and electricity), offices and industrial. However, construction activity levels are forecast to increase at lower growth rates towards the end of the review period, which is likely to impact on hire demand. As a result, the hire market is forecast to see modest growth of around 9% over the period 2017-2020. Key sectors for demand in the forecast period is expected to be utilities and transport, and housebuilding. Increasingly stringent health & safety and environmental legislation should also continue to provide some impetus to the market. However, the hire versus buy issue will continue to impact on the plant hire market and as conditions improve companies will continue to assess this issue. Market growth will also continue to be impacted by hire rates due to the competitive nature of the market and the need to maintain adequate levels of utilisation.


List of Report Contents

  1. Contents Listing
  2. 1. INTRODUCTION 6
  3. 1.1 BACKGROUND 6
  4. 1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 6
  5. 2. SUMMARY AND FUTURE PROSPECTS 8
  6. 2.1 SUMMARY 8
  7. 2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS 9
  8. 3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 12
  9. 3.1 GDP 12
  10. 3.2 INFLATION & INTEREST RATES 13
  11. 3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 14
  12. 3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 14
  13. 3.5 HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION 15
  14. 3.6 STERLING 16
  15. 3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 16
  16. 3.8 CONCLUSIONS 17
  17. 4. PLANT HIRE MARKET 18
  18. 4.1 DEFINITION 18
  19. 4.2 MARKET STRUCTURE 19
  20. 4.3 MARKET SIZE 21
  21. 4.3.1 Background and Recent Performance 21
  22. 4.3.2 Future Prospects 25
  23. 4.4. KEY MARKET INFLUENCES 30
  24. 4.4.1 Overview 30
  25. 4.4.2 Non-domestic Construction 30
  26. 4.4.3 Housebuilding 36
  27. 4.4.4 Non-construction 38
  28. 4.4.5 Legislation 40
  29. 4.5 HIRE SECTOR OVERVIEW - PLANT HIRE, TOOL HIRE AND SPECIALISTS 41
  30. 5. PLANT HIRE COMPANIES 44
  31. 5.1 MARKET STRUCTURE 44
  32. 5.2 SUPPLIER SHARES 45
  33. 5.3 COMPANY PROFILES 46
  34. 6. PRODUCTS 53
  35. 6.1 PRODUCT MIX 53
  36. 6.2 HIRE PRODUCT GROUPS 54
  37. 6.2.1 Earth Moving Equipment 54
  38. 6.2.2 Lifting Plant 59
  39. 6.2.3 Pumping, Crushing and Screening Plant 65
  40. 6.2.4 Road-Making Equipment 68
  41. 6.2.5 Generators, Compressors, Lighting & Welding 72
  42. 6.2.6 Others/Non-Mechanical Plant 77
  1. Tables & Charts
  2. CHART 1 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET, 2011-2020 (£M) 8
  3. TABLE 2 GDP DATA - 2012-2015 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 12
  4. CHART 3 INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 2000-2020 13
  5. CHART 4 PDI & SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 2000-2020 15
  6. TABLE 5 EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2011-2017 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 16
  7. CHART 6 PLANT HIRE DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE 20
  8. TABLE 7 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2011-2016 22
  9. TABLE 8 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2015-2020 25
  10. TABLE 9 NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT SECTOR ANALYSIS 2016 TO 2020 - BY VALUE :(£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES) 29
  11. CHART 10 NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) 2010 TO 2020 - BY VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES) 31
  12. TABLE 11 CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT NEW WORK SECTOR MIX 2008 - 2020 - % BY VALUE (INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, OFFICES, RETAIL ETC) 31
  13. CHART 12 NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION RMI OUTPUT MIX 2010 TO 2015 - BY VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES) 32
  14. CHART 13 INFRASTRUCTURE OUTPUT BY SECTOR (ROADS, RAILWAYS, WATER, ELECTRICITY, ETC - 2010-2015 - BY VALUE (%) - 2015 33
  15. CHART 14 VALUE OF ROAD & RAIL CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2010-2015 (£ BILLION) 34
  16. CHART 15 UTILITIES MARKET GB CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2010 TO 2015 - BY VALUE (£BN AT CURRENT PRICES) 35
  17. CHART 16 OVERVIEW OF KEY END-USE SECTORS IN INFRASTRUCTURE EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET - 2015 36
  18. CHART 17 HOUSING COMPLETIONS 2010 - 2020 - UNITED KINGDOM ('000) 36
  19. CHART 18 HOUSEBUILDING COMPLETIONS IN ENGLAND - % MIX BY TYPE OF DWELLING (HOUSES/FLATS) 2004-2015 37
  20. CHART 19 UK CONTROLLED WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL SERVICES MARKET (£MILLION) 2008-2018 39
  21. CHART 20 NUMBER AND RATE OF FATAL INJURIES TO WORKERS IN CONSTRUCTION 2005-2015 41
  22. TABLE 21 ESTIMATED SHARES BY TYPE OF HIRE COMPANY (PLANT, TOOL, SPECIALISTS) BY HIRE PRODUCT SECTORS 2015 42
  23. TABLE 22 MARKET SHARES OF THE UK PLANT HIRE OPERATORS 2015 45
  24. TABLE 23 HIRE COMPANY PRODUCT MIX 2015 £M AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 53
  25. CHART 24 UK EARTH MOVING EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET, 2011-2016 (£M) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 55
  26. CHART 25 PRODUCT MIX - HIRE MARKET FOR EARTH MOVING PRODUCTS, 2015, % BY VALUE 56
  27. CHART 26 UK LIFTING EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET, 2011-2016 (£M) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 59
  28. CHART 27 PRODUCT MIX - HIRE MARKET FOR LIFTING PLANT - MIX BY CRANES, POWERED ACCESS, MATERIALS HANDLING AT HIRE MARKET, 2015, % BY VALUE 60
  29. CHART 28 UK MEWP MARKET (SCISSORS, BOOMS. TRAILER MOUNTED, VEHICLE MOUNTED ETC) - MIX BY SALES VOLUME 63
  30. CHART 29 UK PUMPING, CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT HIRE MARKET, 2011-2016 (£M) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 65
  31. CHART 30 PRODUCT MIX - HIRE MARKET FOR PUMPING, CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT - 2015, % BY VALUE 66
  32. CHART 31 UK ROAD-MAKING EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET, 2011-2016 (£M) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 69
  33. CHART 32 PRODUCT MIX - HIRE MARKET FOR ROAD-MAKING PRODUCTS - MIX BY ROLLERS, PLANERS/PAVERS, OTHERS AT HIRE MARKET, 2015, % BY VALUE 70
  34. CHART 33 PLANT HIRE MARKET PRODUCT MIX IN THE ROADS SECTOR 2015 BY VALUE £M 72
  35. CHART 34 UK GENERATORS, COMPRESSORS, LIGHTING AND WELDING EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET, 2011-2016 (£M) AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 73
  36. CHART 35 PRODUCT MIX - GENERATORS COMPRESSORS, LIGHTING ETC - MIX BY GENERATORS, COMPRESSORS, LIGHTING/WELDING/TRANSFORMERS - 2015, % BY VALUE 73
  37. TABLE 36 HIRE MARKET FOR NON-MECHANICAL PLANT - MIX BY ENVIRONMENTAL, PORTABLE ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER EQUIPMENT AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2015 77
  38. CHART 37 UK HIRE MARKET FOR HEATING, DRYING & COOLING 2015 AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 79

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