Commercial & Industrial Equipment Rental & Leasing
Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:
Companies in this industry rent and lease equipment to commercial and industrial entities for use in business operations. Major companies include US-based AMECO (owned by Fluor), Hertz, and United Rentals; UK-based Aggreko, Ashtead Group (owner of US's Sunbelt Rentals), and Speedy Hire; and Japan-based Century Tokyo Leasing and Mitsubishi UFJ.
Global construction equipment rental revenue is expected to exceed $110 billion by 2019, according to Technavio, growing at a compound annual rate of about 7%. Europe and North America are the largest markets; China and India are among those showing strong growth.
The US commercial and industrial equipment rental and leasing industry includes about 14,000 establishments (single-location firms and units of multi-location firms) with combined annual revenue of about $63 billion.
Demand is driven by business and industrial activity, particularly in nonresidential construction. The profitability of individual companies depends on the merchandising mix and cost of financing rental inventory. Large companies have economies of scale in buying equipment and having multiple outlets to share equipment. Small companies can compete effectively by providing specialty products for a local market and by offering superior customer service. The US industry is concentrated: the top 50 companies account for about 55% of revenue.
PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY
Major rental and leasing product categories are agricultural, construction, mining, and forestry equipment (25% of revenue); aircraft, steamships and tugboats, and railroad cars (20%); and medical equipment (5%). Other rental product categories include machinery; lawn and...
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