Longer Reads

A fantastic run
There may be a slow-down in residential construction, but RSC Equipment Rental's CEO Erik Olsson tells John Wyatt that prospects remain good for the rental market for a few years yet.
Battle of the bulk: parts and components
Every OEM and manufacturer supplier wants to offer the best service in parts and components, but the presence of independent suppliers and “will-fitters” dip into the market. John Wyatt reports
ICUEE Show preview: ALH reports
Expect to see a wide range of new utility aerial lifts – including new hybrid power units – at the 2007 ICUEE show. ALH reports on the Louisville exhibition.
ALH-2020: Largest aerial work platform and telehandler rental fleets in North America 2007
The ALH 20/20 survey of the top aerial and telehandler rental fleets in North America has some big names, but also some small independents, as John Wyatt reports.
Made in heaven? Murray Pollok talks to Frank Scarborough
The acquisition of Snorkel by the UK's Tanfield Group – also owner of UpRight Powered Access – will have a major impact on the Kansas manufacturer. Frank Scarborough tells Murray Pollok that the change is for the good.
Savannah's sweet smell of success: JCB in the US
As JCB continues to develop its large facility in Pooler, GA, its President Graeme Macdonald tells ALH about its interest in the South American market as well as comments on the handler market.
Before harness, responsible operation
We are spending too much time endlessly debating the issue of harnesses and scissor lifts, says Skyjack's director of product safety, Brad Boehler. Instead, we should be concentrating on the main avoidable hazards, such as scissor tip overs and operators being pinned to obstacles.
A new medium: online training
There's no need to be wary of online training, says Myron Lee, co-founder of online training specialist Arxcis. It's easy to deliver, Arxcis. It's easy to deliver, much more flexible than “classroom” courses, and perfect if you want to track the training of your employees.
Credit crunch?
What the banking credit crisis means for Access manufacturers and rental companies.
Rewarding success
In 2008 for the first time Europe's equipment rental industry will have its own awards. Dedicated to recognising and promoting excellence and professionalism among rental companies and suppliers to the rental industry in Europe, the European Rental Awards will be presented at the ERA's annual convention dinner in Amsterdam on 4 June 2008.
The Award Criteria
The rewards will be judged on the following criteria:
Looking good for 2008
It's now a year since RSC Equipment Rental was divested by Atlas Copco Group, and just five months since the company's chief executive officer, Erik Olsson, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to mark the company's public flotation. In other words, the company has undergone some big changes.
Full of life
It is easy to misinterpret, or ‘over-interpret', the results of our IRN Confidence Survey. There is lots of data on these pages - reflecting the opinions of almost 300 rental companies and suppliers around the world - and it would be easy to focus on some of the caution and perhaps nervousness that is evidently creeping in from some areas, particularly North America.
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