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Access Equipment Market Report - UK 2022-2026

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The report represents an informed and up-to-date review of the UK market for access equipment, analysing market size, trends and influences, market prospects, major suppliers and key distribution channels.

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The 14th edition of the ‘Access Equipment Market Report UK 2022-2026’ has been published by AMA Research. The report represents an informed and up-to-date review of the UK market for access equipment, analysing market size, trends and influences, market prospects, major suppliers and key distribution channels.

Key Issues Covered in the Report

  • The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent recovery on the access equipment industry.
  • Economic constraints and how labour shortages and materials shortages arising from supply chain disruption will affect different sectors of the industry.
  • The influence of technological developments as a driver of market growth.
  • The impact of legislation and carbon reduction policies in stimulating new product development in the powered access market.
  • The importance of the powered access hire sector as key to the overall performance of the access equipment market

Areas of Particular Interest

  • Investment in powered access hire fleets has been encouraged by low interest rates and easy finance but this is now under threat from rising rates.
  • Carbon reduction measures are driving change in the powered access sector, with switching from diesel to electric machines and improvements in emission reduction and engine efficiency.
  • Shortage of scaffolders, particularly in the wake of Brexit, is triggering increased interest in system scaffolding.
  • The post-Grenfell remediation of unsafe cladding is likely to be a significant driver of demand for access equipment.
  • A number of commodities of particular significance to the access equipment industry – aluminium for ladders, steel for scaffolding, lithium for batteries – have risen sharply and are likely to remain well above pre-2020 levels.

KEY AREAS COVERED IN THE REPORT

Market Overview

  • Overall market size by value 2017 to 2021, rates of change, key trends, forecasts through to 2026.
  • Overall mix by product type (non-powered – ladders, scaffolding, access towers – powered, and specialist
  • Factors influencing the market, including construction output, government policies and spending, legislation & standards, carbon reduction, and product development.

Market Definition

  • The definition of the access equipment market includes the following products: –
  • Ladders – including aluminium, GRP, steel and wood.
  • Scaffolding – includes traditional scaffolding and system scaffolding.
  • Access towers – including mobile units, stair, span/bridge units, folding platforms, and podium steps, etc.
  • Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).
  • Specialist –including mast climbers and suspended access

End-Use Sectors

  • Overview of the construction market – new work output and RMI output, from 2016 to 2020, forecasts to 2025.
  • Focus on the infrastructure sector, the largest segment of the non-residential construction market.
  • Analysis of the powered access hire and events equipment hire market.

Supplier and Distribution

  • Review Market shares of access equipment manufacturers, profiles and summary of financial information of around 25 leading manufacturers with brief profiles of over 30 other companies.
  • Analysis of distribution structure and market share by distribution channel, with profiles of leading powered access equipment distributors and hire companies.

Innovation

  • Analysis of developments in engine efficiency and emissions reduction, control systems and telematics.

The access equipment market declined sharply in 2020 due to the disruption to construction activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic but recovered more quickly than expected in 2021, returning to just below its 2019 market value.

The rapid return to growth in construction activity was coupled with price rises triggered by increases in prices of key commodities, such as aluminium and steel, as well as supply chain disruption and material shortages.

Whilst the non-powered access market is a mature one, with little scope for product development or innovation, the powered access market is more dynamic, with a steady flow of new technologies and products incorporating value-added features. In addition, safety concerns regarding the use of ladders are leading to migration to low level powered access products. Consequently, the powered access market tends to experience higher levels of growth than the non-powered segment.

MEWPs represent by far the larger segment of the access equipment market and key to the performance of the MEWP market, and therefore of the access equipment market overall, is the level of demand from the rental sector, which accounts for the bulk of MEWP purchases.

Investment by rental companies has been encouraged by a steady flow of new product releases, for example all-electric machines or machines with improved engine efficiency, leading hire companies to renew their fleets by retiring and disposing of aging equipment and purchasing new models in order to maintain up-to-date fleets. However, future investment may be inhibited by rising prices and interest rates.

Growth will be significantly hampered through 2023 by the current adverse economic climate with weak growth and rapidly rising prices and interest rates. In addition, shortages of skilled tradesmen and of key materials and products may act as a dampener on construction output, In the longer term, however, the access equipment market is expected to return to growth of around 3% per annum, supported by demand from the construction industry, with key sectors such as housebuilding, infrastructure (mostly transport, energy, such as onshore wind, and telecoms), and warehousing being of particular importance.

CONTENTS

1. INTRODUCTION 7
1.1 CONTEXT 7
1.2 DEFINITIONS 7
1.2.1 Non-Powered Access Equipment 7
1.2.2 Powered and Specialist Access Equipment 7
1.3 ABBREVIATIONS 7
2. MARKET SUMMARY 9
2.1 MARKET SIZE 9
2.2 MARKET OVERVIEW 10
2.2.1 Non-Powered Access Equipment 10
2.2.2 Powered and Specialist Access Equipment 10
2.2.3 Market mix by product type 11
3. MARKET INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 13
3.1 MAIN MARKET INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 13
3.2 POLITICAL INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 13
3.3 ECONOMIC INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 14
3.4 SOCIAL INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 16
3.5 TECHNOLOGICAL INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 17
3.6 LEGAL INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 17
3.7 ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES AND DRIVERS 19
4. END USE SECTORS 20
4.1 CONSTRUCTION MARKET 20
4.2 INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR 21
4.3 POWERED ACCESS HIRE MARKET 22
4.4 EVENTS EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET 24
5. MARKET SUB SECTORS 26
5.1 NON-POWERED ACCESS EQUIPMENT – MARKET SIZE (VALUE) 26
5.1.1 Non-Powered Access Equipment – Sub-sector market summary 26
5.1.2 Non-Powered Access Equipment – Sub-sector product mix 27
5.1.3 Company market shares and profiles 35
5.2 POWERED AND SPECIALIST ACCESS EQUIPMENT – MARKET SIZE (VALUE) 46
5.2.1 Powered and Specialist Access Equipment – Sub-sector market summary 46
5.2.2 Powered and Specialist Access Equipment – Sub-sector product mix 47
5.2.3 Company market shares and profiles 57
6. DISTRIBUTION 68
6.1 OVERALL DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE – CHANNEL SHARES 68
6.2 NON-POWERED ACCESS EQUIPMENT – MAIN DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS 69
6.2.1 Ladders 69
6.2.2 Scaffolding 69
6.2.3 Access Towers 70
6.3 POWERED AND SPECIALIST ACCESS EQUIPMENT – MAIN DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS 70
6.3.1 MEWPS Rental Sector 70
6.4 KEY COMPANY PROFILES 71
6.4.1 Powered access equipment distributors 71
6.4.2 Powered access equipment hire companies 72
7. MARKET FORECASTS 75
7.1 TEN-YEAR MARKET VIEW 75
7.1.1 Non-Powered Access Equipment – Forecast 75
7.1.2 Powered and Specialist Access Equipment – Forecast 76
7.1.3 Non-Powered Access Equipment prospects and influences 76
7.2 POWERED AND SPECIALIST ACCESS EQUIPMENT PROSPECTS AND INFLUENCES 77
8. INNOVATION 79
8.1 ENGINE EFFICIENCY AND EMISSIONS REDUCTION 79
8.2 CONTROL SYSTEMS AND TELEMATICS 80
APPENDICES 81
APPENDIX A: ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 81
A.1 OVERVIEW AND OUTLOOK 81
A.2 GDP 81
A.3 INFLATION & INTEREST RATES 83
A.4 EMPLOYMENT & WAGES 84
A.5 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 85
A.6 STERLING 86
A.7 TRADE & BUSINESS INVESTMENT 87
RESEARCH SERVICES OFFERED BY AMA RESEARCH 88

TABLES AND CHARTS

CHART 1: UK ACCESS EQUIPMENT MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2017 – 2022 EST 9
CHART 2: UK MARKET FOR ACCESS EQUIPMENT MIX BY SECTOR (POWERED & SPECIALIST ACCESS, NON-POWERED ACCESS) 2021 – % BY VALUE 11
TABLE 3: UK MARKET FOR ACCESS EQUIPMENT – OVERALL PRODUCT MIX (LADDERS, SCAFFOLDING, ACCESS TOWERS, MEWPS, SPECIALIST) BY VALUE AND SHARE 2011, 2016 AND 2021 12
TABLE 4: UK ACCESS EQUIPMENT MARKET PESTLE SUMMARY 2022 13
TABLE 5: KEY ECONOMIC VARIABLES 2020 TO 2024 16
CHART 6: CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) ALL NEW WORK & RMI – CURRENT PRICES (£ BILLION) 2016 -2025 20
TABLE 7: UK POWERED ACCESS EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2015-2019 22
CHART 8: UK NON-POWERED ACCESS EQUIPMENT MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2017 – 2022 EST 26
CHART 9: UK MARKET FOR NON-POWERED ACCESS EQUIPMENT PRODUCT MIX (LADDERS, SCAFFOLDING, ACCESS TOWERS) 2021 – % BY VALUE 27
CHART 10: UK LADDERS MARKET SIZE 2012-2022 EST – BY VALUE (£M AT MSP) 28
CHART 11: UK MARKET FOR LADDERS – MATERIALS MIX (ALUMINIUM, GRP, STEEL, TIMBER) 2021 – % BY VOLUME 30
CHART 12: UK SCAFFOLDING MARKET SIZE 2017-2022 EST – BY VALUE (£M AT MSP) 31
CHART 13: UK ACCESS TOWERS MARKET SIZE 2017-2022 EST BY VALUE (£M MSP) 34
TABLE 14: LADDERS MARKET – SUPPLIER MARKET SHARES – 2021 35
TABLE 15: WERNER 36
TABLE 16: LYTE 37
TABLE 17: ZARGES 37
TABLE 18: SCAFFOLDING MARKET – SHARE OF LEADING SUPPLIERS – 2021 39
TABLE 19: LYNDON SGB 39
TABLE 20: GENERATION 40
TABLE 21: RMD KWIKFORM 40
TABLE 22: ALTRAD NSG 41
TABLE 23: LAYHER 41
TABLE 24: PERI 42
TABLE 25: ACCESS TOWERS MARKET – SHARE OF LEADING SUPPLIERS – 2021 43
TABLE 26: EURO TOWERS 44
CHART 27: UK MARKET FOR POWERED AND SPECIALIST ACCESS EQUIPMENT BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2017 – 2022 EST 46
CHART 28: UK MARKET FOR POWERED AND SPECIALIST ACCESS EQUIPMENT PRODUCT MIX (MEWP, SPECIALIST ACCESS) 2021 – % BY VALUE 47
CHART 29: UK MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS MARKET SIZE 2017 – 2022 EST – BY VALUE (£M AT MSP) 48
CHART 30: UK MARKET FOR MEWPS PRODUCT MIX (SCISSOR LIFTS, SELF-PROPELLED BOOMS, TRAILER MOUNTED, VERTICAL MASTS/LIFTS, VEHICLE MOUNTED) 2021 – % BY VOLUME 50
CHART 31: UK SPECIALIST POWERED ACCESS EQUIPMENT MARKET SIZE 2017-2022 EST – BY VALUE (£M AT MSP) 53
CHART 32: UK MARKET FOR SPECIALIST ACCESS SYSTEMS PRODUCT MIX (SUSPENDED ACCESS, MAST CLIMBERS) 2021 – % BY VALUE 54
CHART 33: UK MARKET FOR SUSPENDED ACCESS SYSTEMS PRODUCT MIX (TEMPORARY, PERMANENT) 2021 – % BY VALUE 55
TABLE 34: UK MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS MARKET – SHARES OF LEADING SUPPLIERS 2021 57
TABLE 35: JLG 58
TABLE 36: GENIE 58
TABLE 37: SKYJACK 59
TABLE 38: NIFTYLIFT 60
TABLE 39: MANITOU 60
TABLE 40: SNORKEL 61
TABLE 41: HAULOTTE 61
TABLE 42: POWER TOWERS 62
TABLE 43: JCB 62
TABLE 44: VERSALIFT 63
TABLE 45: SUSPENDED ACCESS SYSTEMS MARKET – SHARES OF LEADING SUPPLIERS 2021 65
TABLE 46: TRACTEL 65
TABLE 47: COXGOMYL 66
TABLE 48: ALIMAK 67
TABLE 49: UK MARKET FOR ACCESS EQUIPMENT – DISTRIBUTION SHARE BY CHANNEL 2017 (DIRECT SALES, HIRE AND SPECIALIST DISTRIBUTORS) – % BY VALUE BY PRODUCT 68
TABLE 50: WORKPLATFORM 71
TABLE 51: ACCESS PLATFORM SALES 71
TABLE 52: NATIONWIDE PLATFORMS 72
TABLE 53: SPEEDY POWERED ACCESS 72
TABLE 54: HSS HIRE 73
TABLE 55: AFI-UPLIFT 73
TABLE 56: SUNBELT RENTALS 74
TABLE 57: UK ACCESS EQUIPMENT MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2017-2026 75
TABLE 58: UK NON-POWERED ACCESS MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2017-2026 75
TABLE 59: UK POWERED AND SPECIALIST ACCESS EQUIPMENT MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2017-2026 76
CHART A1: GROSS VALUE ADDED BY SECTOR 83
CHART A2: CPI INFLATION AND BANK OF ENGLAND BASE RATE 84
CHART A3: AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS BY SECTOR 85
CHART A4: DISPOSABLE INCOME PER CAPITA & SAVINGS RATIO 86
CHART A5: STERLING EXCHANGE RATES TO THE DOLLAR AND THE EURO 86
CHART A6: TRADE & BUSINESS INVESTMENT, 2018-2020 87

 

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