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Manitou growing, but order intake decelerates
Manitou reported continuing growth in sales in all its markets in the second quarter although the rate of increase in order intake has decreased because of renewed uncertainties about the world economy.
Lavendon to close Spanish rental operation
Lavendon Group is to close its Spanish rental operation in the second half of this year because of the poor long-term outlook for the market.
Atlas Copco acquires Gesan
Deal will expand current power portfolio and increase presence in emerging markets
Manlift targets international projects for power rentals growth
Manlift, the Dubai-based company that rents aerial platforms and power in the Middle East, is expanding its power division by targeting new markets outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
AFI-Uplift invests £5m in 500 new platforms
UK access rental company AFI-Uplift is investing more than £5 million in new platforms, adding 500 new machines and expanding the fleet by over 400 units. AFI’s total fleet size is now more than 3300 units.
Ex-Robert Bosch executive joins Wacker Neuson as CEO
Wacker Neuson has appointed a former Robert Bosch executive Cem Peksaglam as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Dr Georg Sick who left the company last September to join Mecalac of France as chief executive.
McArdle trials machine proximity alarms on M25 contract
Earthworks contractor and plant hirer McArdle is trialling the use of proximity alarms on machines working on a major contract on London’s M25 orbital motorway.
Prices up, volumes down at Speedy Hire
Speedy Hire’s revenues for the three months to 30 June were 2.2% lower than the same quarter in 2010, with an 8.8% improvement in rental prices offset by a 5.8% fall in volumes.
Mixed confidence levels in European rental sector
The ERA/IRN Rental Tracker survey for the second quarter of 2011 reveals continued uncertainty in rental markets in the UK and Italy in contrast to more positive environments in France, the Nordic region and Benelux.
Hertz expands 'high potential' pump and power division
Hertz Equipment Rental Corp (HERC) has added four locations to its Pump & Power special division. The new branches are in Memphis, Detroit, Syracuse and San Diego.
Paulo Balugani behind new Italian manufacturer Sky Aces
Former Oil & Steel executive Paolo Balugani and three other investors have formed Sky Aces srl, a manufacturer that will focus on producing special platforms for niche applications such as tunnels.
Skyjack signs up with SmartEquip
Skyjack is joining the electronic parts management system SmartEquip Network. The system will provides direct online links to Skyjack’s parts and procurement systems for rental companies and other fleet owners.
Nixon Hire spells out national ambitions
Nixon Hire, one of the UK’s fastest growing rental companies, plans to become a national player by 2020 with revenues of around £50 million.
Universal Shanghai opens second Chinese rental branch
US operated access rental and sales company Shanghai Universal Equipment Co is playing a key role in developing access rental in China.
Zeppelin pools all rental activities in new business unit
German Caterpillar dealer Zeppelin has created a separate business unit for all its rental operations, pooling the rental activities of MVS Zeppelin in Germany and Austria with those of Zeppelin subsidiaries in Russia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
European body clarifies position on using cranes to lift people
The European association for materials handling equipment, FEM (Fédération Européenne de la Manutention), has issued a position paper that states that cranes should not be used for lifting people, except under exceptional circumstances.
Europlatform ‘early bird’ rates available until 15 July
The ‘early bird’ rate for the Europlatform access rental conference is available until Friday 15 July. The theme this year is Financing Growth and the line-up is once again very strong with speakers including Alexandre Saubot, Kevin Appleton and Loxam’s mergers and acquisitions specialist, Maëg Videau.
Major players return to Intermat for 2012
Atlas Copco, JLG, Sandvik, Terex and Wacker Neuson to return to the Paris exhibition in April, after an absence from the recession-hit 2009 show.
Ramirent makes Swedish acquisition and announces Polish DIY initiative
Ramirent is to acquire Hyrman i Lund AB in Sweden, a seven depot rental company with annual revenues of around €15 million and operating mainly in the Halland and Scania regions in the south of the country.
Ex-Aggreko chairman joins Speedy as non-executive director
Dr Chris masters, the former executive director of power rental leader Aggreko has joined Speedy Hire as a non-executive director, effective on 13 July.
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