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  • 26 Feb 2013 9:40 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)


    February 22, 2013 (Moline, Ill.)
    – The 11th annual meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held last week at The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas.

    All GRA member associations were present, including: European Rental Association (ERA), Belgium; Hire Association Europe (HAE), U.K.; Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd. (HRIA), Australia; Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); Associaçào De Locadoras, Brazil (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); and American Rental Association (ARA). Representatives included the association officers and/or chief executives/staff.

    Agenda items discussed in detail during the full day meeting focused on advancing the success of members of the individual associations and perpetuating the rental concept throughout the world. Current member priorities within the associations were shared. Topics addressed included technological trends in the industry and status of implementation in the associations, safety and regulatory matters, and the GRA International Rental Business Leadership Program. The agenda also included a review of the global survey initiative undertaken by the Global Rental Alliance, with release of a combined rental revenue figure among the GRA associations representing $66 billion, as of year-end 2011.

    The meeting included a presentation by John McClelland, ARA Vice President, and Scott Hazelton, Senior Director of IHS Global Insight, on ARA’s new initiative, “ARA Equipment Rental Penetration Index™”, which provides the industry with a new method of measuring and forecasting equipment rental penetration. The basic concept is to measure the amount of equipment that is rented as a percentage of total construction equipment. The Global Rental Alliance members will continue to have dialogue on the level of rental penetration within their respective countries. All associations are committed to increasing rental penetration on behalf of their membership through their program work.

    Considerable discussion was held on current member programs within the associations, with a focus on marketing the rental concept. Information and materials were shared that can be adapted within the respective associations to supplement current programs. Conference dates and programs of the respective associations were reviewed.

    The purpose of the Global Rental Alliance is to increase the profile of equipment rental worldwide and to build global understanding of the industry. It is a partnership of rental associations from around the world that meet semi-annually and share information on program initiatives throughout the year. The unity of this group has brought about an increased awareness of overall priorities internationally, adding to the strategic outlook and resources of each rental member association.

    Pictured (L-R):

    Phil Tindle, General Manager, and Tim Mikkelsen, President, Hire Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); Jeff Campbell, President, and Marc Mandin, Vice President, Canadian Rental Association (CRA); Terry Douris, Past President and Chairman, Hire Association Europe (HAE); Mike Flesher, Chairman of the Board, American Rental Association (ARA); Graham Arundell, Managing Director, HAE; James Oxenham, Operations Manager, Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia (HRIA); Chris Wehrman, Chief Executive Officer, ARA; Peter Lancken, Chairman, Kennard’s Hire, representing HRIA; Michel Petitjean, Secretary General, European Rental Association (ERA); Mark Scarce, President, HRIA; Marco Aurélio da Cunha, Presidente, and Fernando Forjaz, Director, Associaçào De Locadoras, Brazil (ALEC).

    About the Global Rental Alliance

    The Global Rental Alliance consists of seven independent equipment rental/hire trade associations that have joined together to increase the understanding and concept of rental worldwide. They are: European Rental Association, Belgium (ERA); Hire Association Europe, U.K. (HAE); Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia, (HRIA); Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); Associaçào De Locadoras, Brazil (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); and American Rental Association (ARA). Each organization has as its members, businesses that rent equipment to the general public and suppliers that manufacture equipment that is part of the member business rental inventory. While inventories differ somewhat within each country, they essentially include equipment rented to the construction, homeowner, and special event and party industries.

    For more information about the Global Rental Alliance or the International Rental Business Leadership Program, reference the Alliance website at or contact Kathy Nicoletto, Global Rental Alliance liaison and ARA special assistant to the CEO (see contact information below).


    Kathy Nicoletto, American Rental Association (; Ph: 800/334-2177, ext. 265).

    For more information about the ARA Equipment Rental Penetration Index™, contact John McClelland (

  • 24 Feb 2013 9:44 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    The Commerce Commission has cleared rental equipment operator Hirepool to buy Hirequip out of receivership, saying the two operate in different sectors and are hindered by their rivals.  Read more>
  • 05 Feb 2013 1:11 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    A course has been scheduled for the week of the 27th of May 2013, location Manukau.

    Full details can be viewed by clicking here
  • 07 Jan 2013 5:45 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    On 3 December 2012 Opportunity ITO merged with The Skills Organisation (formerly ETITO) a multi-industry ITO. The crane, scaffolding rigging, industrial rope access, and elevating work platform industries became part of the Specialist Trades division of the organisation.

    Throughout the process the Opportunity Board was focussed on ensuring any merger would provide opportunities to enhance training quality and service levels for the industries, along with ..... read more EWPA Stakeholder letter - 07 Jan13.pdf
  • 14 Nov 2012 1:41 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    HIANZ now has stock of Electrical 4metre Decals for EWP's.  If they are looking shabby, cannot be read or are not displayed in the basket of your EWP, then order today!

    Only .80c each for HIANZ members!  Order via online shop at


  • 09 Nov 2012 10:33 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ associate members, ICIB Limited have been awarded the 2012 Small/Medium Broking Company of the Year at the recent New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards.

    Judged by a panel of leading industry figures they had the following thoughts on ICIB Ltd:

    Judges were impressed by its clear proposition in terms of clients.

    “ICIB prides itself on a ‘guaranteed service structure’ with a strong focus in the commercial/corporate sector of the insurance market.  Of particular note is the achievement of core competencies in specific industries in which ICIB focuses.  Its innovation in the areas of client servicing and products is evident in these industry sectors.

    ICIB is also seen as very sustainably driven with a strong reputation for integrity-based business practices and an appetite for embracing change, finding win-win solutions for the markets it operates in and distinguishing itself in the marketplace as a leader that works with insurers to achieve economic benefits for all stakeholders involved.

    Overall this company is innovative and emerging.”

    The award was collected by Managing Director Garry Mooney and a selection of core staff.

    This award is the result of continued hard work and effort by all staff members and also reflects ICIB’s ability to continue to perform at a high level despite the current issues the industry faces.

    "ICIB provides specialist advice and insurance services to the Hire Industry Association and many members. The company has been actively involved in our organisation for many years and it's fantastic that one of our supplier members has been recognised in the awards, congratulations ICIB" said HIANZ General Manager, Phil Tindle. 

  • 23 Oct 2012 4:21 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand invites members, and industry 
    stakeholders to meet in Auckland on the 5th November, to review and discuss the first
    ‘draft’ of our industry best practice – “the safe use and operation of Marquee &
    Temporary Structures”. 

    Date: Monday 5th November

    Where: Auckland

    Time: 10am to 3.30pm

    Should there be time available following the review, a general industry discussion and networking will take place.

    Please RSVP your attendance by emailing Phil Tindle directly –

    We look forward to your interest and participation of what we believe to be a very necessary document for industry. 

  • 18 Oct 2012 10:42 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) said there were seven fatalities from six accidents worldwide involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) during the third quarter of 2012 (July to September).

    IPAF said there had been 26 deaths from 25 accidents in total so far this year, as at September 30, 2012.

    All the accidents that occurred in the third quarter involved booms. The main causes were: electrocution (two fatalities), fall from platform (two), overturn (one) and entrapment (one). In one of the accidents involving electrocution, both the operator and a work colleague in the platform died.

    Figures for the year to date showed that of the 25 reported accidents, 15 involved booms, seven involved vehicle mounts and three involved scissor lifts. The main causes were reported as: fall from platform (seven fatalities), electrocution (six), overturn (five), mechanical/technical (four) and entrapment (three).

    Fifteen of the accidents occurred in the USA, three in the Netherlands, two in the UK and one each in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland.

    “There are nearly 1.5 million MEWPs/AWPs in use around the world, and while every death is a tragedy, powered access is still a very safe way to work at height,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “The analysis of accident data will allow the industry to become even safer.”

    IPAF is working closely with the industry to monitor and analyse accident figures. From 1 January 2013, it will be mandatory for IPAF rental company members in the UK to report any known MEWP accidents involving their staff at the IPAF accident database (

    Source - KHL Magazine 

  • 15 Oct 2012 9:44 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    Following the workshop held at the HIANZ Conference, a new Health and Safety webpage has been created in the members area of this site. Goto Health & Safety for forms and templates, plus info about how to hold regular and effective health and safety toolbox meetings ...
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