IPAF European Rental Report Shows Decline in Access Equipment Revenues

Rental revenues in Europe for mobile elevating work platforms peaked in 2007 at almost €5 billion, according to the IPAF European Powered Access Report 2008 released at the Intermat construction show in Paris.

MEWPs account for 24 percent of the total European market for construction equipment rental. While the overall market increased strongly by almost 21 percent in 2007, it is estimated to have slightly declined during 2008 and will, in face of the economic crisis, decrease further in 2009.

The IPAF European Powered Access Rental Report is the result of a groundbreaking project to gather specific data on the powered access industry that was not available before. It was made possible through cooperation between the European Rental Association and the International Powered Access Federation, with research consultants IHS Global Insight. It is linked to the work of the ERA Statistics Committee, which is chaired by IPAF managing director Tim Whiteman.

The report estimates that for 2008, MEWP-related revenues in the countries covered in the study declined by 2.9 percent to €4.8 billion (about U.S. $6.4 million, according to current exchange rates). The 11 countries covered in the study are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. The decline will accelerate during 2009, with MEWP rental revenues expected to fall by another 6 percent to €4.5 billion, the report shows.

However, the report predicts that the reduction in rental revenues resulting from lower aggregate demand will not reduce the incidence of equipment rental within the various national markets. Lower rental rates and poor credit availability will make rental a more viable option for many users both within and beyond the construction industry. Thus, despite the economic downturn, it is not expected that rental penetration rates for MEWPs will decline in the short-term. On the contrary, they are more likely to rise.

According to the report, investments in MEWPs by rental companies grew strongly in 2007 but are estimated to have declined significantly in 2008. On average, survey respondents invested 21.4 percent of their rental revenues into new equipment for 2008. However, strong differences in investment behavior could be observed between individual countries.

The average age of the MEWP rental fleets in the 11 countries under investigation was 4.4 years. The country-specific results obtained from the survey cover a range from 3.3 years for Belgium and the Netherlands to 4.9 years for Germany and France.

The IPAF European Powered Access Rental Report 2008 can be purchased for €175 (IPAF members) or €265 (non-members).

IPAF has also published the IPAF U.S. Powered Access Rental Report 2008, which is based on a similar research project in cooperation with the American Rental Association.

Both the European and U.S. reports can be purchased at a special price of €290 (about U.S. $378) for IPAF members or €435 (about U.S. $567) for non-members.

To purchase the reports, visit the Publications section of for details and the order form.

IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that exists to promote the safe and effective use of powered access equipment. Members include manufacturers, distributors and equipment owners, including rental companies.

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