Neff Rental has gone live on the SmartEquip network in North America, further expanding SmartEquip coverage of the North American rental sector.

SmartEquip provides a software platform that links fleet owners to their suppliers, allowing for efficient transactions on parts, warranty, servicing, training manuals and technical support. Many of the largest rental companies in the US - including United Rentals, RSC and Sunbelt Rentals - are already members of the network.

Neff's system will help support service and parts personnel, fleet managers and procurement activities across all its 64 locations.

Graham Hood, Neff Rental's president and chief executive officer, said; "We selected SmartEquip to further raise the efficiency of our service operations and increase the utilisation of our fleet, while also reducing the transactional costs of doing business across all suppliers.

"The choice of SmartEquip technology was a very natural extension of our operational priorities, especially during a period of revenue growth."

SmartEquip founder and executive vice chairman, Alexander Schuessler, said the company was pleased to have Neff join the network; "With Neff's membership, we have gained an important partner in our mission to bring efficiencies to our industry's equipment fleets, and to those that supply them."

Mr Schuessler is now engaged on a new effort to expand SmartEquip's network in Europe. He attended the recent Intermat show in Paris and met with several European rental companies and suppliers.

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