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The European Equipment Rental Industry 2013 Report

The European Rental Association (ERA) announces the publication of The European Equipment Rental Industry 2013 Report with the most comprehensive data available on the European rental industry.

This report has been produced by ERA in cooperation with IHS Global Insight. The European Equipment Rental Industry 2013 Report contains a country-by-country analysis over 12 European countries*. It includes detailed market size information for the years 2010-2013 and key ratios among which fleet size and investment as well as penetration rates. The report also contains forecasts for years 2014 and 2015 per country.

A special focus in this 2013 edition has been the validation of the UK rental market with the UK stakeholders. Thanks to their input, it has been possible for the first time to develop a breakdown of the UK rental activity by Product Categories and by Market Segments, as well as a market size including rental with operators.

Thanks to the new NACE rev. 2 classification of economic activities, we have moved almost entirely to official data sourced from National Statistics Offices since they offer the most robust and reliable information on a transparent basis across all countries.

Highlights of some of the key findings in the report include:

  • In 2012, the total size of the European equipment rental market (without operators) was €23 billion at 2012 exchange rates, representing an average decrease of 0.1% over 2011.

  • The estimate for 2013 is showing slow growth with an average increase of 0.7% over 2012.

  • The forecast for 2014 and 2015 is showing respectively 2% and 3% increase which means that growth is expected to remain moderate in the near term but will start to gain speed in 2015.

  • As with the overall economy, national rental markets across Europe remain quite heterogeneous. The picture shows some countries with strong growth, like Norway, many countries with growth levels comparable to their national economies, while other countries, with young rental industries like Poland, as well as more mature rental industries like Spain or Italy, have had a very difficult year due to the economic environment.

  • Based on 2010 statistics, and for the 12 countries covered under the study, the structure of the European equipment rental industry (without operators) is as follows:
    # of rental companies (without operators): 13,900
    # of employed persons (without operators): 114,600

The 2013 Report contains 75 pages of statistical information with expanded details per country. Each country contains 4 pages of detailed information in local currency in order to better measure the trends, independently from the variation of the currency exchange rate against the Euro.

The report, commissioned by ERA is available to ERA members for €300 and to prospective and non-members for €900. For copies, please complete the order form downloadable below and send it back to the ERA Secretariat.

*Countries covered in the report: BE, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, IT, NL, NO, PL, SE, UK