Platform rental in Germany growing
August 8, 2022 | Markus Lackner
We currently have more than 60 work platforms and lift trucks at the Krefeld site”, says Stephan Kulawik who is the divisional manager responsible for Felbermayr platform rental in Germany. Kulawik also cannot fail to mention that the fleet is growing almost daily and will already double in the near future. This does not include the more than 100 devices that came along with the work platform rental company SGL that was taken over at the start of the year and has sites in the metropolitan areas of Hanover and Goslar.
Positive interim result
Expansion plans are currently benefiting from the economic development in Germany. According to Kulawik: “We can feel the high level of demand and are providing the right answers with our service-oriented range of devices and services.” But he also does not hide the fact that the quality and reliability of the Felbermayr brand is not yet fully known in Germany. This applies particularly to craftspeople such as painters and decorators, building cleaners, electricians and landscape gardeners. We have to work hard to convince them. He is supported in developing organisations and rental networks by 54 year old industry expert Thorsten Tyrann, who has decades of experience in height access technology just like Kulawik.
The desire for expansion is being slightly curbed by a lack of employees: “We are urgently looking for employees, as are all other sectors. Specifically, we need drivers, field service employees and mechanics”, reports Kulawik with a worried look on his face. However, when asked about strategic further development, Kulawik’s well known optimism returns quickly: “In the coming year, we’re going to bridge the gap between Hanover and the east of Germany, more precisely: Dresden and Oberlausitz”. From the six Felbermayr crane hire sites there, the Felbermayr work platform/lift truck rental range will be expanded to form a complete product range. “Our colleagues at these branches are already preparing themselves for the new challenge”, says Kulawik happily and is confident of having the required devices delivered in time.