IPS, which supplies replacement parts for powered access platforms and other equipment, is forming a joint venture with Kanoo Machinery, the plant and equipment division of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group. IPS Middle East will serve customers across the Gulf and the Maghreb region of Africa, as well as the Indian sub-continent.
Kevin Shadbolt, operations director for IAPS Group, IPS’s parent company, said: “IPS Middle East will build on our existing relationships with major rental companies in this region. We have a sound understanding of the market and its growing requirements.
”Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo is an ideal partner for IPS Middle East. The company has a strong track record and has developed its own sophisticated parts operation. By pooling our resources and expertise we can provide a single-source, high quality service to rental companies with a presence right across the region, as well as to independents, large or small.”
IPS has more than a decade of experience in supplying replacement parts and is the official UK parts distributor for a number of manufacturers including Genie, Hinowa, Omme Lift, Isoli, Youngman BoSS, Grove Manlift, Manitou, Pop-Up and MEC. It also offers after-market parts for lesser-known brands and obsolete machines, sourced directly from the component manufacturers.
Kanoo Machinery operates in the distribution of construction, industrial and material handling equipment. In the United Arab Emirates it represents brands including Bobcat, Hitachi, Sullair, Perkins and Grove. The company already has an extensive parts operation in the UAE, representing nine brands of construction and material handling equipment.
Bob Curtis, Kanoo Group CEO for UAE and Oman, said: “The Gulf states, India and North Africa have all experienced high growth in the adoption and use of powered access over the past few years. IPS Middle East will bring increased price competitiveness and parts availability to this region, which can only be of benefit to rental companies and other aerial lift owners.”
IPS Middle East will hold a significant inventory of parts at Kanoo Group’s logistics and distribution centre in Jebel Ali, UAE. From here, it can ship parts direct to customers throughout the region as well as to local Kanoo Machinery parts retail facilities.