AMA Research is pleased to announce the publication of the ninth
edition of the report 'Plant Hire Market Report - UK 2013-2017
Analysis'. The report provides an informed and up-to-date review of this
substantial market and includes a review of recent market trends up to 2013
and forecasts over the next few years.
The report contains:
DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF THE MARKET - analysis of the market
structure and details of key players within the market.
FORECASTS OF MARKET DEVELOPMENTS TO 2017.
ANALYSIS BY PRODUCT GROUP - market sizes, product mixes and sector
Earth moving - excavators, dump trucks, site dumpers, loading shovels.
Lifting - cranes, powered access, material handling equipment.
Pumping, crushing and screening plant.
Road making equipment - rollers, planers, pavers, trenchers.
Review of key market influences including non-domestic
construction, housebuilding, events sector (Olympics/Post-Olympics effect),
waste, transport, water industry, etc.
Market shares and review of major players.
Estimated shares of type of hire company (e.g. plant, tool,
specialist) for each hire product group.
Hire product group analysis - market sizes, influences and trends.
Some of the major contractors featured include:
AB 2000, Ace Plant, AGD Equipment, Aggreko, Ainscough Crane Hire, Ambrose
Plant Hire, Andrews Sykes Group, Apex Generators, Ascus, Ashtead Group,
Atterbury, Baldwins Crane Hire, Beck and Pollitzer Engineering, Bison Plant
Hire, Blackwood Plant Hire, BPH Equipment (Birse Group), Briggs Equipment,
Caledonian Cranes, Carrier Rental Systems, Charles Wilson Engineers, Clive
Barford (CBL), Cobra, Dawson Rentals, Drumclog Plant Hire, Elliott Hire, Exsel
Pumps, Finning UK, Fork Rent, Gap Group, Garic, Generator Power, Gordon Bow,
Harsco Infrastructure Services, Hawk Plant Hire, Haz Hire, HE Services, Hewden
Stuart, Hydrainer, ITT Water and Wastewater, JC Plant, John Gunn and Sons,
Jones Bros, King Lifting, Lavendon Group, Liebherr-Rental, Loxam Access, M.J.
Church (Plant), Mammoet UK, Millennium Crane Hire, Morris Leslie Plant, P.
Flannery Plant Hire (Oval), P.E. Generators, PKL Group, Platform Sales and
Hire, Pochin Concrete Pumping, Portakabin Hire Division, Powerplant
(Stamford), Quattro Plant, Readypower Engineering, Select Plant Hire, Selwood,
Speedy Hire, TXM Plant Utraanz, VP, Walters Group, Weldex (International)
Key areas covered in the report include:
Plant hire market - market definition - range of products and type
Market size - analysis by value from 2007-2013 and key
characteristics of the market.
Product groups reviewed - earth moving; lifting; pumping, crushing &
screening; road making; compressors, generators &lighting and other/
Market trends and major factors influencing market development,
including impact of construction and non-construction activities,
housebuilding, non-domestic construction, waste & recycling, manufacturing and
events (Olympics/post-Olympics effect) etc.
Infrastructure market - road, rail, utilities - construction
equipment hire market size in infrastructure applications. Waste management
Market forecasts - market size, prospects and influencing factors
on the market for 2013 and up to 2017.
PLANT HIRE COMPANIES
Overview of supply structure - competitive, fragmented sector with
most players operating in relatively limited product sectors due to the high
number of specialist operators.
Identification of main suppliers - major suppliers, key specialists
by product group.
Review of leading plant hire companies - market shares, turnovers,
company structure, key areas of specialisation etc.
Estimated shares of the main product groups within the overall
Product groups - definition, market size and product mix within
each sector - excavators/loading shovels/dump trucks; cranes/powered
access/materials handling; concrete pumps and mixers/crushing and screening
plant/other pumps; rollers/planers/pavers/hot
boxes;generators/compressors/lighting & welding; portable
Product sectors - review of products within the sector including
recent trends and factors affecting sector.
Estimated shares of type of hire company (e.g. plant, tool,
specialist) for each hire product group.
Forecast of market development to 2017.
Positive and negative factors affecting the market - construction
levels (infrastructure in particular), weather, non-construction activity
(trend towards Internet retailing), market competition, 'hire vs buy' issue,
hire rates, etc.
SUMMARY OF REPORT CONTENTS
The UK plant hire market is estimated to be worth around £2.3 billion
(excluding all ancillary revenues) in 2013. Following significant market
decline in 2009, the market has remained relatively stable. Performance
reflects the variable trends of different hire product groups and the wide
range of end use sectors, including both construction and non-construction
activities, with the former being the most significant sector.
The market is relatively fragmented due to the high number of specialist
operators with different competitors in different hire product sectors.
Different plant hire sectors have experienced differing performances, with
different types of equipment within each equipment sector also showing some
variation. For example overall the earthmoving sector has performed better
than the pumping, crushing & screening sector; and within the lifting sector,
material handling equipment has fared better than the cranes sector in recent
Earth moving equipment represents the largest equipment sector, accounting for
around 37% of hire value. Other key sectors include lifting accounting for
around 36% market share, pumping, crushing & screening plant for 7% share,
road making for 6% share, generators & compressor for 5% share and
others/non-mechanical equipment for the remaining 9% share of the market.
It is estimated that construction accounts for around two-thirds of the plant
hire market, with the remaining share accounted for by the non-construction
sector. Whilst construction levels fell in 2012, there were some positive
areas such as the events sector, including the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics
that provided good hire opportunities for equipment such as generators,
climate control and portable buildings. Overall the construction industry
experienced a slowing rate of decline in 2013, with sectors such as
infrastructure and housebuilding growing. The improving picture has seen more
optimism in the plant hire market.
The level of hire is ultimately dependent on companies choosing to hire rather
than buy. Many companies choose to hire plant, generally to avoid risk, in
particular capital risk, operating risk and legislative / compliance risk.
Significant niche sector hire opportunities include the Crossrail project,
while in general terms positive infrastructure investment provides steady
underlying demand for many hire sectors. Influencing 'local' hire demand for
equipment are factors such as regional investment programmes as well as
geographic, climatic and seasonal factors. Also impacting on the market are
other issues such as health & safety and environmental & energy efficiency
The recovery of the non-domestic construction sector will remain primarily
dependent on the recovery in the private commercial sector being able to
offset the effects of public sector budget cuts and spending constraints. The
strong infrastructure sector should help to underpin the market that is
forecast to show low level growth to 2017, reaching an estimated £2.54m.
The market remains relatively fragmented, although it has become more
concentrated since the economic and construction downturn, with the leading 5
hire companies accounting for around a quarter of the market.
Table of Contents
1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION
2 SUMMARY AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS
3 ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
3.2 INFLATION & INTEREST RATES
3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION
3.5 HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION
3.7 POPULATION PROFILE
4 PLANT HIRE MARKET
4.2 MARKET STRUCTURE
4.3 MARKET SIZE
4.3.1 Background and Recent Performance
4.3.2 Future Prospects
4.4. KEY MARKET INFLUENCES
4.4.2 Non-domestic Construction
4.5 HIRE SECTOR OVERVIEW - PLANT HIRE, TOOL HIRE AND SPECIALISTS
5 PLANT HIRE COMPANIES
5.1 MARKET STRUCTURE
6.1 PRODUCT MIX
6.2 HIRE PRODUCT GROUPS
6.2.1 Earth Moving Equipment
6.2.2 Lifting Plant
6.2.3 Pumping, Crushing and Screening Plant
6.2.4 Road-Making Equipment
6.2.5 Compressors, Generators, Lighting & Welding
6.2.6 Others/Non-Mechanical Plant
TABLES AND CHARTS
CHART 1 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET, 2007-2017 (£M)
TABLE 2 GDP DATA - 2010-2013 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS
CHART 3 INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 1992-2017
CHART 4 PDI & SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 1995-2017
TABLE 5 EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2008-2014 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND
THE EURO, SPOT RATES
CHART 6 PLANT HIRE DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE
TABLE 7 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2007-2013
TABLE 8 UK PLANT HIRE MARKET AT HIRE MARKET PRICES 2012-2017
CHART 9 NON-DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) 2008 - 2017 - BY
VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES)
TABLE 10 CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT NEW WORK SECTOR MIX 2008 - 2017 - % BY VALUE
(INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, OFFICES, RETAIL ETC)
CHART 11 NON DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT MIX OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR
RMI 2007 - 2013 - BY VALUE (£ BILLION AT CURRENT PRICES)
CHART 12 UK PREFABRICATED VOLUMETRIC BUILDINGS MARKET 2007-2013 (£M
CHART 13 UK PREFABRICATED FRAME AND PANEL BUILDING SYSTEMS MARKET
2007-2013 (£M MSP)
TABLE 14 INFRASTRUCTURE OUTPUT BY SECTOR (ROADS, RAILWAYS, WATER,
ELECTRICITY, ETC - 2010-2012 - BY VALUE (£M) AND % CHANGE BY VALUE
CHART 15 VALUE OF ROAD & RAIL CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2006-2013 (£
CHART 16 UTILITIES MARKET GB CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT 2007 TO 2017 - BY VALUE
(£BN AT CURRENT PRICES)
CHART 17 UK INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT HIRE MARKET SIZE AND
FORECASTS 2008-2016 (£M)
TABLE 18 UK MARKET SIZE FOR CONTROLLED WASTE COLLECTION, DISPOSAL AND
TREATMENT SERVICES BY VALUE (£MILLION) 2007 -2016
CHART 19 HOUSING COMPLETIONS 2007 TO 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM ('000)
CHART 20 HOUSEBUILDING COMPLETIONS - % MIX BY HOUSES / FLATS ENGLAND
TABLE 21 ESTIMATED SHARES BY TYPE OF HIRE COMPANY (PLANT, TOOL,
SPECIALISTS) BY HIRE PRODUCT SECTORS 2013
TABLE 22 MARKET SHARES OF THE UK PLANT HIRE OPERATORS 2012
TABLE 23 HIRE COMPANY PRODUCT MIX 2013 £M AT HIRE MARKET VALUE
TABLE 24 HIRE MARKET FOR EARTH MOVING PRODUCTS - MIX BY EXCAVATORS,
LOADING SHOVELS, DUMP TRUCKS, OTHERS AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013
TABLE 25 HIRE MARKET FOR LIFTING PLANT - MIX BY CRANES, POWERED ACCESS,
MATERIALS HANDLING AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013
CHART 26 UK MEWP MARKET 2012 (SCISSORS, BOOMS. TRAILER MOUNTED, VEHICLE
MOUNTED ETC) - MIX BY SALES VOLUME
TABLE 27 HIRE MARKET FOR PUMPING, CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT - MIX BY
CONCRETE PUMPS/MIXERS, OTHER PUMPS, CRUSHING/SCREENING PLANT AT HIRE MARKET
TABLE 28 HIRE MARKET FOR ROAD MAKING PRODUCTS - MIX BY ROLLERS,
PLANERS/PAVERS, OTHERS AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013
TABLE 29 HIRE MARKET FOR COMPRESSORS, GENERATORS ETC - MIX BY GENERATING
SETS, COMPRESSORS, LIGHTING/WELDING/TRANSFORMERS AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013
TABLE 30 HIRE MARKET FOR NON-MECHANICAL PLANT - MIX BY ENVIRONMENTAL,
PORTABLE BUILDINGS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT AT HIRE MARKET VALUE 2013
CHART 31 UK HIRE MARKET FOR HEATING, DRYING & COOLING 2013 AT HIRE MARKET