New Belgian company offers re-rentals of large compressors

By Murray Pollok05 October 2011

From left: Filip Maes (owner of MR Air Force and Machinery Resale bvba), Nick Verbeek (director of D

From left: Filip Maes (owner of MR Air Force and Machinery Resale bvba), Nick Verbeek (director of Doosan Portable Power EMEA) and Henk Uphoff (managing director of MR Air Force and Machinery Resale.)

Belgian used equipment dealer Machinery Resale bvba has created a new division, MR Air Force, to supply large compressors on long-term contracts to rental companies, equipment dealers and agents.

Although not strictly a rental company, MR Air Force will offer a range of re-rental and ‘flex-rent' deals from 6 to 36 month in duration.

The company has made an initial order for 40 new compressors from Doosan Infracore Portable Power (DIPP) and may increase that to 60.

Henk Uphoff, managing director of MR Airo Force and Machinery Resale, said the new business represented a significant expansion of Machinery Resale and would complement the used equipment operation.

"We see ourselves as a ‘facilitator'", said Mr Uphoff, "a services supplier to all key compressor players with a need for renting out large and high pressure units and we can offer a range of flexible packages to suit different requirements."

He said the service would be aimed at countries in the European Union and that they had chosen Doosan Portable Power because the machines "are well known in the market...Parts are very accessible within the EU and the machines keep their value even after several years in the rental market."

MR Air Force will offer what it calls Re-Rent, Fix-Rent and Flex-Rent packages, which the company said would provide off balance sheet, 6 to 36 month contracts at lower costs than leasing.

Nick Verbeek, director of Doosan Portable Power Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: "We are delighted to win this order from MR Air Force, which forms part of an innovative new approach to the international compressor market."

The order comprises 21/215 DIPP compressors equipped with aftercooler and dual pressure options and 12/235 and 9/270 compressors equipped with aftercoolers. All 40 units are powered by the Cummins 6IRQ9AE diesel engine and will feature remote monitoring.

The 21/215 compressor provides a free air delivery of 21.5 m3/min at a rated operating pressure of 21.0 bar, and the 12/235 model has a free air delivery of 23.5 m3/min at 12.0 bar, whilst the 9/270 compressor offers 27.0 m3/min of compressed air at 8.6 bar.

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