Since the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020, many European countries have enforced measures that restrict the movement of people and curtail economic activity. With the closure of construction sites and cancellation of events, this has serious consequences for the equipment rental industry, including the health and safety of rental companies’ staff, the suspension or cancellation of rental contracts, the management and maintenance of machinery, and the ability to retain staff and pay salaries.

On this page you will find links to information provided by rental associations, news updates relevant to the sector, important policy information and other associated information. The page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Please also see the news feed at the bottom of this page for the latest information about how the crisis is affecting the rental industry, watch the IRN Webinar on Rental & COVID-19 and this video on the situation of the rental market in Europe, and read our COVID survey on the impact of the pandemic on machine owners, dealers, contractors and rental companies.

Information from national and international rental associations


Association of Finnish Technical Traders


Fédération DLR






Norwegian Rental Association






Swedish Rental



United Kingdom

Construction Plant Hire Association
Hire Association Europe


American Rental Association
Canadian Rental Association
Hire Industry Association of New Zealand
Hire and Rental Industry Association, Australia
International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)

Construction sector updates


European policy updates

Financial support


From COVID-19

Deutz cutting 1,000 jobs
august 19, 2020
Germany-based engine manufacturer to reduce global headcount by 1,000 to maintain competitiveness
Ritchie Bros. sees big increase in auction participation during COVID-19 pandemic
august 13, 2020
Auctions in Europe and the Middle East see 66% increase in registrations in first half of 2020
United Rentals shares Covid-19 safety tips
august 13, 2020
United Rentals has shared nine protocols for safe operations during Covid-19
Sunbelt morphs in response to pandemic
july 8, 2020
Some operational changes prompted by Covid-19 will be adopted permanently
Zeppelin sagt Teilnahme an NordBau 2020 ab
july 8, 2020
Normalerweise ist die Teilnahme an der NordBau bei Zeppelin gute Tradition…
JCB Finance approved for Covid lending
july 3, 2020
JCB Finance accredited to provide Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme in the UK
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