Aggreko has agreed to buy Canadian power rental company Power Plus Rentals and Sales for up to C$38.7 million (£19.5 million). Power Plus is based in Edmonton and provides power for companies operating in the Athabasca Oil Sands areas in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Same-branch rental revenues rose 16% to drive Ahern Rentals second quarter 2008 rental revenues 20% higher to $83.9 million from $70.0 million last year. Three new stores since the second quarter of 2007 contributed $2.9 million, 4.1%, of the quarter's revenues.
Wacker said there was a significant drop in demand for its light construction products in May and June, particularly from the US, Spain and the UK, and that it expected the slowdown to impact on sales of light and compact equipment for the rest of 2008.
Knuckle boom crane manufacturer Palfinger Group revenue of €423.5 million (US$631 million) in the first half of 2008 was 24.3% above the €340.6 million ($508 million) in the same period of 2007, writes Patrick Hill
Hochtief reported healthy first half results for 2008 (IHY08) with revenue up +14,7% on 2007 first half figures from € 7,9 billion to € 9 billion. Pre-tax profit rose +61% on like-for-like periods from € 182 million to € 292 million.
Cramo's latest results show no slowing down of its growth, with its central and eastern European businesses advancing by more than 50% and overall revenue growth at 32.3% for the quarter to 30 June. The company said the next 12 months would see a moderation of growth in the Nordic area and a continued downturn in the Baltic States, with sustained growth in eastern and central Europe.
Balfour Beatty has reported continued growth in the first half of 2008 with sales up +28% on the same period in 2007 to UK£ 4,3 billion (€ 5,5 billion). Pre-tax profit also increased +25% to UK£ 95 million (€ 120 million).
AVS System Lift AG, the German aerial platform rental co-operative, said it will expand membership and improve member services following record-high revenues in 2007. The group announced a dividend of €250 per share - equivalent to €5000 per member - at its annual meeting on 25 July in Dusseldorf.