The Construction Industry Back on the Rise

19th September, 2018


The construction industry has seen a positive change in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018, giving a cause for hope and positivity to the Industry.

The industry has survived the collapse of the construction giant Carillion and the harsh weather with amazing tenacity, and it is very positive to see a strong growth in May and June thanks to the warmer weather conditions.

The improved site conditions have allowed project managers to resume work on the ground, which was previously stalled due to the adverse weather conditions in February and March.

A report by The Office for National Statistics for the months of April and June 2018, shows an increase in Q2 output by 0.9%. This is a recovery from a decrease of 0.8% witnessed in 2017. One of the reasons for the growth is a 2.7% increase in repair and maintenance work.

A quarterly survey of the construction industry carried out by Construction Products Association revealed positive developments such as an increase in Q2 activity, rise in workloads and faster employment growth rates.

The good news is that this growth is set to continue over the next quarter thanks to the rising demand in public housing, private housing and infrastructure sectors, which are responsible for £60bn of the industry’s annual output.

Another major improvement witnessed in Q2 is the increase in the sale of construction equipment and earth-moving machines. The increase is 3.8% more than the sales during the same period in 2017.

The equipment to show the highest rate of growth in sales is the 10-tonne crawler excavator. Sales showed 11% growth over the Q2 of 2017.

Other equipment to show increased sales are telehandlers and mini/midi excavators of less than 10-tonne capacity.

Equipment such as backhoe loaders and wheeled loaders recorded a growth in Q2 whereas sales of compaction rollers witnessed a decline over 2017 levels.

Be prepared by investing in efficient equipment to meet the rising demand in your sector. MTS Plant can keep you well-prepared with our fleet of plant machinery for sale and hire in the UK.

Our plant machinery sales and hire business is based in West Yorkshire, but we offer a nationwide service through multiple locations across the UK.

We are official Yanmar dealers offering an extensive array of Yanmar equipment to purchase from our dealership locations in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Our range of plant hire machinery includes skidsteer loaders, tracked loaders, excavators, telehandlers and attachments.

Be it plant machinery sales or hire, each of our services is backed by strong after-market division.  We offer complete backup and support that you can safely rely on.

We offer excavators, loaders and other plant machinery for a wide range of sectors including building, demolition, highways, civil engineering and groundworks.

Whether you are looking for to hire or buy we have you covered – contact the MTS Plant team today to learn how we can help with your construction plant requirements:

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Andy Richardson – Wetherby Tool Hire

We have been working with MTS Plant for just over 12 months now and have found their service and support second to none. Vanessa, Jenny, Matt and the team are fantastic and will always go the extra mile to meet our requirements. We have regularly used MTS Plant for Dumper and Excavator hire throughout this period and have found their range of machinery very reliable & of excellent quality. I would 100% recommend MTS Plant Hire.

Mark Dormer – Contracts Manager – Furness Brothers Ltd

We have used MTS Plant for a number of years and have been constantly impressed by the service provided. We work in a quick-moving industry where our requirements for small machine hire can be at short notice and highly varied. MTS Plant manages to keep us supplied with quality machines along with great customer service. We look forward to driving our business forward knowing that we have the resources to satisfy our customers needs without the high expense of owning our own machines.

John Cassidy – Travis Perkins

MTS has been a great company to cross hire small plant in for our customers. The great thing about MTS is the friendly staff who are very committed to making sure Travis Perkins is a priority customer and will move things around in their daily transport too fit urgent orders in. Myself and my team now use Mts as our first point of call as we have confidence in how the business works from the staff to the machines themselves.

Paul Kinsella – Easy Driveways

MTS has arranged for us at times very short notice the most diverse ranges of hire equipment, even nationwide. We first started using MTS a few years ago now an don’t hesitate to call the well mannered and excellently informed staff, We have experienced difficulties when on hire and the response was second to none, from the delivery drivers to the mechanic’s, the professional advice and service we haven’t matched anywhere in my 32 years in construction.

The branch at Leigh is always ready to accommodate our needs and they do it with a cheerful professional manner every time.

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