29 Apr 2015

2015 Market Report for Powered Access Equipment (MEWPs)

There are now 1,120,000 aerial work platforms (MEWPs) in the worldwide rental fleet, according to the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) latest rental reports. This is up 8% from the previous year. 

The European AWP rental market grew slightly in 2014 (+1%) and is estimated at approximately £1.86 billion, according to the IPAF European Powered Access Rental Market Report 2015. 

Fleet expansion continued at a slow pace to reach 285,000 units. The 10 European countries surveyed were: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

  

Most European countries improved their situation in 2014. France and Finland were the only AWP rental markets where deterioration continued. Spain and Italy showed signs of recovery after several years of shrinking. The markets in the UK, Germany, Norway and Sweden grew at similar paces, driven mainly by fleet expansion. 

The US AWP rental market recorded strong growth of 10% in 2014 to reach about £5.1 billion, according to the IPAF US Powered Access Rental Market Report 2015. The US AWP rental fleet expanded by 7% in 2014 to exceed 500,000 units. Strong demand from the construction sector allowed for fleet expansion and rental rates improvement, while balancing the negative impact of decreasing oil prices. 

 The Chinese AWP rental market grew at a rate of 25% to 30% in the past two years to reach approximately 9,000 units. 

The reports include an estimate of the size of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide, with a breakdown by region and machine type. The US report includes Canada. The European report includes seven individual country/regional sections: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Nordic/Scandinavian countries (covering Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), Spain and the UK. 

The following list of contents illustrates the scope of data covered in both the US and European reports:

Market Size: • Market Value • Company Specialisation and Size • Re-Rental / Cross-Hire • Activities outside AWP Rental • Market Size in Units • Applications 

Market Dynamics: • Market Value Growth • Market Size in Units • Revenue per Unit 

Investments: • By Company Type • By Country • Rental Inventory 

Operational Aspects: • Market Variables • Time Utilisation Rate • Age of Fleet / Average Retention Period • Rental Rates 

Market Trends and Drivers: • Market Maturity • Country Population Penetration • GDP per Capita • Construction 

The IPAF US and European Powered Access Rental Market Reports 2015 are available in English and can be purchased at www.ipaf.org


With so many MEWPs readily available to companies for either hire or to purchase, the importance of ensuring they remain in good working order has never been more important. IPAF can offer exceptional training and guidance when it comes to the safe operating of MEWPs, and have a great deal of information available on their website.

Good to Go Safety offer a pre-use checklist system to help operatives check the MEWP is safe for use. The tag should be attached at the point of entry to the basket to provide a visual reminder to carry out an inspection and to clearly display the date and findings of the walk-around. Visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk for more information.

Good to Go Safety was recently recognised by IAPA (International Awards for Powered Access) where it was shortlisted for this year’s “Contribution to Safe Working at Height” award. It is also highlighted in the UK Construction Group's MEWP Good Practice Toolkit which can be downloaded for free here: http://www.ipaf.org/en/publications/ukcg-mewp-good-practice-toolkit


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