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  Worldwide MEWP rental fleet grows by 4%

Worldwide MEWP rental fleet grows by 4%

New research from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has shown that there are now 1,170,000 mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs) in the worldwide rental fleet. This is up 4% from the previous year.


The European MEWP rental market grew by 3% in 2015 and is estimated at approximately €2.7 billion, according to the IPAF European Powered Access Rental Market Report 2016. Fleet expansion continued at a moderate pace to reach 313,000 units. The 10 European countries surveyed were: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Four groups can be identified among the European countries:

•    Spain and Italy are chalking up the highest growth and are well beyond the recession with growth at or above 5% in 2015.


•    Sweden and Germany remain highly dynamic markets with continuous positive growth at +5%.


•    In comparison, the UK and Norway, traditionally dynamic markets, are showing signs of slower growth.


•    Finland, France, the Netherlands and Denmark are showing stabilisation to slight growth, but are all exiting from recession.

New aspects covered in the 2016 reports from IPAF include details on construction and non-construction sub-sectors in MEWP rental revenue, utilisation rates by equipment type (booms vs. scissors), and preliminary estimates of the number of operators trained annually.