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ERA launches online sustainability survey
The European Rental Association (ERA) has launching an online survey to discover what actions rental companies are taking on the issue of sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Survey reveals rental confidence fall
Rental company confidence worldwide has taken a significant hit following the banking/credit crisis, with the latest IRN Rental Confidence Survey finding that half of all surveyed companies will invest less in equipment next year and one in ten will close depots.
Please contribute to the Confidence Survey
There are still a few days left to let us know what you think 2009 holds for our industry.
Sarens Sennebogen crawlers in Antarctica
Sarens prepared a pair of its Sennebogen crawler cranes for a long-term contract in the harsh conditions of Antarctica
What do you think?
Do you shout at the television or radio when so called experts tell you what the current financial situation means? Are you sick of the gloom and doom? Or are you sure it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better?
Global access statistical exchange discussed by IPAF and AEM
IPAF and the US Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) are discussing the possibility of creating a global statistical exchange for the aerial platform industry.
Please help with the IRN Rental Confidence Survey
Please cooperate in our IRN Rental Confidence Survey. The survey will be published in the November/December issue of International Rental News.
Offshore renters trial 'virtual asset pool'
Two offshore rental and service companies have successfully trialed technology that will allow them to track each other’s fleets in real time, creating a kind of ‘virtual asset pool’.
HSE reports on Liverpool tower crane collapse
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported on the 2007 Liverpool tower crane accident and written to crane rental and supply companies in Great Britain about it
Terex develops a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system
Terex has developed a new, PHEV (plug-in, hybrid electric vehicle) system which is designed to help utility truck owners "go green".
Heidelberg and Italcementi set up photocatalytic JV
HeidelbergCement and Italcementi have signed an agreement that will see the two companies jointly develop photocatalytic products. Photocatalytic cements use a special binder that destroys pollutants in the presence of light, making them both self-cleaning and pollution reducing.
Research and development at Metso
Metso Minerals officially unveiled its new research centre at its Tampere, Finland location on 28th May.
Palazzani booms help build the world's largest particle detector
Two Italian Ragno Palazzani telescopic booms have been uses in the construction of Atlas, the detection element of the huge particle acceleration experiment, which will take place at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland.
iC Yellow Table 2008: World’s 50 largest construction equipment manufacturers
There was little change at the top of the Yellow Table – iC’s ranking of the world’s 50 largest construction equipment manufacturers – in 2007, but various acquisitions made for movement further down. Chris Sleight reports.
Chinese construction equipment market continues to grow
Demand for construction machinery in China is projected to increase +12.7% per annum through 2011 to CNY 181 billion (US$ 25.9 billion), outpacing gains in most other regions of the world, according to Construction Machinery in China, a new study by the US-based Freedonia Group.
Caterpillar tops the table
The 2008 edition of the Yellow table from International Construction shows Caterpillar still firmly at the top of the global construction equipment market, followed by Komatsu and Terex. The Yellow Table is a ranking of the world's top 50 construction equipment manufacturers, based on 2007 revenues.
Crane market hot spots
iC asked crane manufacturers from around the world which markets are the 'hottest'. James Verrinder reports on where crane makers consider the best areas to do business are to be found.
Volvo's new hybrid drive wheeled loader
The most downloaded story from KHL Group's ConExpo Daily electronic newsletters concerned the launch of Volvo's new hybrid drive wheeled loader.
Growing?
Jeff Eisenberg, IRN’s finance correspondent, looks at the how the financial benchmark numbers for the world’s top five rental companies have changed in the last year.
Freefall
What has caused the dramatic fall in the share prices of major equipment rental companies, and what impact will it have? IRN’s finance correspondent, Jeff Eisenberg, reports.
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