After an eighth consecutive month of growth for the construction industry, demand for manual handling equipment like high-lift pallet trucks and aerial work platforms, has risen exponentially. Pallet Truck Shop, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of pallet trucks and other lifting equipment for such industrial purposes, are supplying a great amount of equipment to the construction industry as it continues to expand in the wake of the recession, clawing back lost ground and instilling confidence in many companies and contractors.
The Markit / CIPS UK Construction PMI reported a headline activity reading of 62.1 for December 2013, which is dramatically higher than the 50 point level which separates growth from recession and contraction. Home building is one of the fastest growing areas within the construction sector, as firms look to revitalise the housing market, and sectors like civil engineering and infrastructure have also seen expansion.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Pallet Truck Shop, which is one of the country’s foremost providers of manual handling equipment that is well-suited to the construction industry, says, “Construction in the commercial sector is growing rapidly, with figures hitting pre-crisis levels in recent months. This has meant we have been kept on our toes providing high-quality equipment to builders, contractors and other industries involved in the construction of commercial projects. There is a new confidence in the economic outlook that is giving those in the construction industry license to really invest in their equipment, and we have found that we welcome many prestigious figures from the world of construction as they look to choose their next high-quality tool or apparatus.”
Contractors, builders and others involved in the construction industry will understand the importance of having the right tools for the job. Pallet Truck Shop’s rough terrain pallet trucks are among the biggest sellers for those working in construction, as much of the work is carried out on uneven building sites, laying foundations and transporting building materials from one place to the next. The PT-RT-01 Rough Terrain Pallet Truck is a prime example of a functional truck which has been designed with outdoor areas and building sites in mind; it can travel over uneven ground with ease, carrying heavy loads from A to B and offering flexibility where regular pallet trucks may experience difficulty.
The benefits of these rough terrain trucks lies largely in the security and safety that is offers employees; rather than attempting to pull a regular hand pallet truck across an uneven surface, which could result in serious injury, the rough terrain truck has been modified to provide balance over rough areas. Having this sort of tool in their arsenal when it comes to getting back in the game with regards to the economy will be crucial to the upcoming growth in the construction industry.