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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.
Awards time
The time to enter the first European Rental Awards is now. The awards website is up and running, giving companies all the information needed to enter. At the site you can download the award entry form, read the judging criteria for each award, and see contact details if you want additional guidance.
Self reliance
KDM Hire in Northern Ireland has benefited from a buoyant construction market, but now, in the face of increasing competition, it is having to work hard to exploit all the advantages of its independent status. Murray Pollok spoke to KDM's managing director, Keith McIvor.
KDM Hire: when to divisionalise?
“By the mid-90s we had two choices about how to expand”, says KDM's Keith McIvor, “we could open more depots or expand into different products. We could already travel to all parts of Northern Ireland quite easily from the Cookstown depot, so the next step was to look at products that weren't available everywhere, and that would travel.”
World Rental Outlook
Everybody talks about the growth of rental, but what is actually happening on the ground in individual markets? Murray Pollok reports.
Netherlands: more to come
The Netherlands already has a relatively mature equipment rental industry – valued a around €480 millio annually – but ther is still enormo potential for grow according to one of the major rental firms in the country.
A World Cup boost?
South African rental companies can expect to benefit from the boost to infrastructure spending as South Africa prepares to host the 2010 World Cup, but according to Dave Erskine, founder and chief executive officer of Durban-based contractor and rental company Erbacon, the World Cup is merely the icing on the cake of an already booming construction market.
Hungary moves forward
Hungary's rental market is valued at a very modest €35 million by the European Rental Association (ERA), a figure that is, if anything, an overestimate according to Ákos Hajós (pictured), operations manager at Huntraco's Cat Rental Store division in the country.
No rush to Romania
Don't expect an explosion of rental growth in Romania, says Razvan Marcu, marketing manager at Marcom (pictured), a Bucharest-based distributor for Komatsu, Potain, Grove and Sennebogen.
Access to Poland
Poland is one of the big potential rental markets in Eastern Europe, but is still very much in its infancy with total rental revenues of around €110 million in 2006, according to the European Rental Association (ERA).
Dubal still hot
“There are arguments that Dubai is a bubble about to burst. But it's a place with great ambitions. It's run like a business – I believe Dubai is just at the beginning of something great. It may plateau for a while, but I can't see it stopping.” Pardraig Nagle, Action International Services
Rental HQ
The Rental Show has been happy to announce another sell-out Rental Show, with Las Vegas again proving a big puller for exhibitors, even if the much bigger Conexpo-Con/Agg show takes place just a month later in the same city.
Expo Vegas
There is a lot to look forward to at this year's Conexpo, with hundreds of new compact machines, telehandlers and aerial platforms on show. KHL editors provide a preview of the event.
Knock-out show
With almost 1000 exhibitors and over 90000 visitors, Samoter is one of the ‘heavyweights' of the construction exhibition scene. This year's event, in Verona, Italy on 5-9 March, promises to be well worth a visit.
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