Company | Overview

Established in 1981 as an equipment hire company, National Hire Group Limited was publicly listed in 1988 and operated throughout Australia.

In February 2004, WesTrac Pty Ltd, the Western Australian Caterpillar dealer, took a strategic interest in National Hire Group. WesTrac provided the company with $25m to enable it to expand its rental locations and, from April 2004, to operate The Cat Rental Stores in NSW and the ACT under licence from WesTrac when WesTrac became the Caterpillar dealer for these territories.

Through a merger undertaken in December 2004, National Hire Group acquired Allight Holdings Pty Ltd and the assets of WesTrac's The Cat Rental Stores® in WA. National Hire Group became one of the leading hire companies in Australia and a major manufacturer and distributor of Allight® de-watering equipment and FG Wilson power generation and Perkins engines.

In January 2006 National Hire Group acquired AH Plant Hire for $113m which expanded the footprint into the civil and road construction markets with 20 additional branches.

In January 2008 Coates Group Holdings Pty Ltd, a company established by The Carlyle Group and National Hire Group, acquired the Coates Hire Limited business and the hire operations of National Hire were subsequently merged with those of Coates, making it the largest hire company in Australia  and 6th largest hire firm in the world. National Hire Group has a 46.1% interest in the Coates Group. The transaction was undertaken in conjunction with an investment of $86m by Elph Pty Ltd, the ultimate owner of the Victorian and Tasmanian Caterpillar dealerships.

National Hire Group continues to own the Allight business. Allight engineered and manufactured equipment includes Allight mobile lighting towers. Allight is also proud to be the Australian distributor for some of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial equipment, including FG Wilson diesel and gas generators, Perkins and Perkins Sabre diesel engines, Geminiani power packs and Rotair compressors. Allight has also recently added BBA piston pumps to its product line up.

In November 2010, National Hire Group acquired Sykes Group. Sykes Group has been a major player in Australia’s pump market for more than 40 years and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of auto prime pumps for the mining, construction and civil engineering sectors. The acquisition has expanded the product offering and export market penetration of the Allight equipment sales and support business.