Equipment Rental Revenue to Grow 11.1%: ARA

Despite supply chain issues and labor shortages, U.S. equipment rental revenue, including both construction and general tool, is expected to grow by 11.1 percent to reach nearly $56 billion in 2022, according to the latest quarterly forecast released by the American Rental Association (ARA). Construction equipment rental is leading the way, with 13 percent growth this year to total $41.7 billion in revenue. This comes on the heels of a 10.2 percent increase in 2021. General tool rental is expected to grow 7 percent to reach $14.1 billion in 2022. While equipment rental revenue growth slows to 6 percent in 2023, 2.9 percent in 2021, 3.6 percent in 2025, and 3.9 percent in 2026, the industry is expected to surpass $60 billion in 2024 and is forecast to reach $65.5 billion in 2026. “One thing we know is that rental revenues grow when the fleet expands or when rates increase,” says John D. McClelland, Ph.D., ARA VP for government affairs and chief economist. “In reality, both things are happening today. However, supply chain issues are inhibiting fleet growth while inflation is pushing rates higher. In the past, we saw a lot of revenue growth that we attributed to fleet growth. Now we are seeing revenue growth that is being driven by higher rates.” Source: ARA We invite to submit your questions or comments by email or calling us in Chicago at 312.664.5196.