POWERED access specialist the Platform Company has invested more than £1m in a new national refurbishment centre in Birmingham.
The 1,600 sq m facility contains two spray booths. It will perform six-monthly PAC testing and fully refurbish around 10 platforms a week.
Sales director Lee Perry said: 'We want to maximise reliability across the fleet as well as ensure the machines look smart and meet the quality expectations of our customers.'
Rival access hirer Nationwide has begun a study into the merits of refurbishing its access platforms. Sales and marketing director Harry Waters said: 'Because of increasing steel prices and rising machine costs we've developed a pilot scheme for stripping all the working parts from access machines, reconditioning them and then seeing how reliable they are.'