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Parts supplier, TVH, demonstrates the components of growth
Why has the world's leading supplier of spare parts for fork lift trucks moved into the access spare parts business?
BM Location's Thierry Robert explains the company's strategy.
Bergerat Monnoyeur Location, the French Cat Rental Store, has started to expand, and not just in France. Murray Pollok met BM's Alain Rosaz and Thierry Robert.
Trucking with the future: customised access solution
A customised access solution delivered in just 90 days may seem a wild ambition but, that's just what Elliott Equipment aims to achieve.
The passing of Sidney Hunt Snr
Sidney Hunt Snr was one of the leading lights of the UK demolition industry in the last 50 years
Family name: what does the future hold for Lavendon Group
Lavendon Group now has 21000 aerial platforms and 1400 employees...and over 10 different brands. Murray Pollok reports on the rebranding plans that will see it focus on just four names. Plus, we report on how the business is performing in certain key markets.
Making tracks
Tim Ford, president of Terex Corp's Aerial Work Platform business, talks to Murray Pollok about the North American market, globalisation of production and the access aftermarket.
Here today, gone tomorrow
Is the access industry doing enough to attract the talented engineers it needs to sustain competitive advantage? Paul Adorian managing director of Powered Access Certification Ltd (PAC) challenges the market to invest in the future.
Mini vision
Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) wants to sell more excavators to rental companies and is prepared to develop rental specific machines to do it. Murray Pollok reports.
Strength in numbers
Three of the biggest US rental companies – United Rentals, RSC and Volvo Rents - are using sophisticated customer benchmarking techniques to measure how they are performing. Lucy M Peterson, in the first of a two-part article, reports.
Scale benefits
Malcolm Jackman is leading the integration of Coates and National Hire following the December acquisition and has ambitious global aims for the business, as he explains to IRN’s Murray Pollok.
Compact utilities
Compact equipment manufacturer Komatsu Utility is updating and adding to its range of mini and midi excavators, adding features that will find favour with rental companies. Murray Pollok reports from the company’s production plant in Este, Italy.
Clear vision?
Japan’s Aichi Corp has finally shown its new ‘global’ machines in public, and also outlined an ambition to be the world’s biggest aerial platform manufacturer. Murray Pollok tried to get the details from Aichi’s CEO, Shinji Takeuchi.
Ahern on the US rental scene
Ahern Rentals has been one of the fastest growing independent rental companies in the US for the past 10 years. Now, however, the company’s founder and president, Don Ahern, is becoming more cautious about growth. He spoke to John Wyatt at one of Ahern’s rental yards in Las Vegas.
Lemminkäinen chairman dies
Heikki Pentti, the long-serving chairman of Lemminkäinen died on 19 April after a serious illness. He was 61.
Ken McDougall is the Linamar man who will oversee the growth of Skyjack's product range and its continued globalisation. He spoke to Murray Pollok, AI's Managing Editor.
Big deals
Market leader Hek Manufacturing launched sweeping changes in its transport platform and mast climber product lines in October. Patrick Hill was at the company's headquarters in Middelbeers, The Netherlands to see the new machines.
What next for United?
IRN's financial correspondent Jeff Eisenberg looks at the stalled takeover of United Rentals by private equity form Cerberus, and concludes that United is still likely to be sold, but for a lower price.
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