Rental Sector News

Broader horizons: Anders Collman on Cramo's corporate social responsibility
Cramo is one of the leading equipment rental companies in Europe. Being a player in a very ‘masculine’ industry, Anders Collman, head of corporate communications, was looking for a business-related corporate social responsibility (CSR) project that would add human values to the company’s image and appeal to younger people with a social conscience. Here, he describes the charity in the Ukraine that Cramo is now supporting.
China calls: IRN's Murray Pollok talks to five Chinese equipment manufacturers.
Have you considered buying Chinese construction equipment? Perhaps now is a good time to think about it. Murray Pollok reports from China where he visited five local manufacturers.
Lights, action! IRN puts new lighting towers under the spotlight
IRN takes a look at some of the more recent lighting tower launches, including models from Light Engineering, Tower Light, Birchwood, SMC, Doosan Portable Power, Terex AWP, SDMO and JCB.
Interview: Tom Cornell of IronPlanet explains the benefits of online auctions
Online auctioneer IronPlanet has been growing dramatically over the past 18 months. Tom Cornell, the company’s managing director for Europe, tells Murray Pollok why the online model works.
IRN100: the rental industry in transition from boom to bust
The 2008 IRN-100 list shows a rental industry in transition between boom times and the new ‘post-crisis' environment. The world's largest rental companies managed to grow last year - just - but there was little comfort to be had in the last quarter of the year as demand started to fall.
Rental Management: Does it make sense to have specialist rental divisions?
Does it make sense to operate specialist rental divisions within a general rental business? Peter Thomas and Will Leftwich looks at the pros and cons.
European Rental Awards: details of the winners and shortlisted companies.
The European Rental Awards were held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, UK, on 26 May as part of the European Rental Association's annual Convention.
INTERVIEW: Michael Kneeland, CEO, United Rentals, talks to IRN Editor Murray Pollok.
United Rental's CEO Michael Kneeland talks to Murray Pollok about managing United through the recession.
Intermat 2009: Rental Review
IRN reports from the recent Intermat exhibition in Paris, France.
Editor's Comment: Murray Pollok looks at the European and US rental industries.
For all the similarities between the North American and European rental markets there are still some big practical differences.
Cat's new compact tracked loaders, plus D-Series excavator
New tracked loaders to complement its existing multi-terrain loaders, and the new D-Series 8 t excavators: Murray Pollok reports from Caterpillar's Desford facility in the UK.
Your guide to the second European Rental Awards
The second European Rental Awards – being organised again by International Rental News (IRN) and the European Rental Association (ERA) – will take place in Manchester on 26 May during the ERA’s 2009 convention. Murray Pollok reports.
Manitou's Bruno Fille on the priorities in integrating Gehl
What will Manitou do with its newly acquired Gehl business? Murray Pollok asked Manitou’s Bruno Fille to explain the strategy.
Grow even as markets decline? Will Leftwich and Michael Bellenger explain.
Even in a recession there are opportunities for rental companies to grow, whether through diversification, internationalisation or by using franchising arrangements. Will Leftwich and Michael Bellenger of Will Leftwich Associates outline the opportunities.
Comment: Hewden's Jeff Schofield says stay loyal to your favoured brands
Last week I learnt via an eminent BBC economic journalist, Ewan Davies, who was delivering a presentation to the Chartered Institute of Marketing, that during a downturn, consumers become more nostalgic and a key behavioural change is that they drink more tea than coffee.
IRN's Patrick Hill rounds-up the latest telehandlers
Patrick Hill reports on the latest telehandler launches, including a '3-in-1' model from Bobcat, new compacts from Cat and Faresin, and product news from Genie, JLG, Dieci, Gehl and Merlo.
Interview: Eve Trakway's Rick Barnett on renting temporary roadways.
Eve Trakway rents temporary roadways and other products to the events and industrial markets. Murray Pollok talked to managing director Rick Barnett about the company’s plans to expand rapidly over the next three years.
ARA's Rental Show previewed by IRN
The 2009 Rental Show takes place in Atlanta, Georgia on 3-5 March, 2009. IRN previews the event.
Jeff Eisenberg: what is it like working with venture capitalists?
Venture capitalists (VC) own many rental companies, including some of the world’s largest. Jeff Eisenberg, IRN’s finance correspondent, explains what you can expect if a VC ends up owning your business.
Patrick Hill reports on the latest pumps and rental applications around the world.
Pumps have come a long way from simple devices thrown into a hole to remove water -- and so has their rental. Patrick Hill looks at new products, as well as at how rental companies are exploiting market opportunities.
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