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Cat's plans for 500 new stores
Caterpillar said it wants to open more that 550 new Cat Rental Store locations worldwide within the next three years. The ambition was announced the weekend before the Conexpo exhibition as Cat marked the opening of its 500th US store and the 10th anniversary of the creation of the first Cat Rental Store.
Kaplan to speak at ERA convention
Renowned US rental consultant Dan Kaplan will give the keynote address at the European Rental Association’s annual convention in Amsterdam in June. The convention tales place alongside the new International Rental Exhibition (IRE) at the RAI exhibition centre on 3-5 June.
Kaplan gives keynote speech at ERA convention
US rental consultant Dan Kaplan will give the keynote address at the European Rental Association’s (ERA) annual convention in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in June, taking place alongside the International Rental Exhibition (IRE) at the RAI exhibition centre.
Equipment focus
Off-Highway Research has opened an office in New Delhi
India: Booms and bottlenecks
India has ambitious plans to invest in all manner of infrastructure, from roads and rail to ports and power. However, skills shortages and a variety of other bottlenecks threaten progress. Chris Sleight reports.
Market view
Tom Riordan looks at the global equipment markets
Australian construction activity declines
Australia's construction industry deteriorated in March, its first decline in seven months according to the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
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).
Paying your way
How will the credit crisis affect your purchasing decisions? Will it make financing your fleet more difficult?
Clean Power
How long before you can buy hybrid powered aerial platforms or scissor lifts with fuel cells?
Steel costs drive up Volvo's prices
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced it is raising the price of its machines and components by +5% to offset the impact of steep rises in base commodities, such as steel.
Japanese Giants Invest In Aerials
Private commercial investment in Japan's major urban centers is fuelling a demand for small scissors and vertical mast platforms, with several of Japan's ‘big four’ rental giants investing heavily in aerials.
Indian Renter Looks For Lifts
Rakesh Modi, who is running the access rental division of Madras Tools & Shackles Ltd (MtandT), hopes to add 50 machines this year.
Access-50 2007: World's biggest access fleets
Heavy investment over the past 12 months has resulted in a not unexpected 20% jump in the size of the world's biggest access fleets. MURRAY POLLOK looks at the results of the latest Access–50 survey.
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