Today, we are Europe’s No. 2 rental specialist, operating in 18 countries with more than 650,000 rental items.

But Boels has its roots as a small local rental company under the leadership of Pierre Boels Sr. Would you like to know more about the journey from 1977 to the present? We would like to take you with us through our history.

Boels history from 1977 to the present

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2018

The leading international rental company

Boels Rental has expanded even further by adding specialisms in order to be able to provide customers with A to Z solutions. This year, we acquired specialist companies such as Abird, a specialist in industrial rental solutions. Delta Rent, a specialist in petrochemical rental, Amdyte, a specialist in temporary fencing, Van Deuveren Traffic, a specialist in outdoor mobile information equipment rentals, Already Hire, a generalist in equipment rentals in London and Artisan Hire Center, an equipment rental company in southwest England.

2017

The opening of our 400th branch

In 2017, we opened our 400th branch. We also acquired Supply UK, a machine rental company in the United Kingdom. This allowed us to open our first branches in the UK. We also expanded in 2017 with the acquisition of IQ Pass, specialist in temporary access management and security.

2015

This year, we acquired giants such as Racor, specialist in climate and energy rental from the Benelux as well as ToolMatic & Drott. This meant that important specialists joined forces with the Boels group in a kind of shop-in-shop approach in the construction market and earthmoving.
2013 • Boels wins ‘Large Rental Company of the year’ award

2012

We expanded dramatically in Germany through the acquisition of Technorent and Baurent. The acquisition was an important step forward in our growth strategy. After this expansion, we had 123 branches in Germany. Baurent had been active in the German rental market for almost 40 years, and with a turnover of over 32 million euros, it ranked among the major rental companies for construction equipment in Germany.

2012

A new name: Boels Rental

The Boels Rental brand has acquired a powerful and recognisable image over recent years. The most notable features are the striking logo and strong brand colour: orange. Due to our rapid international growth, our trade name was changed to Boels Rental in 2012.

2011 • Pierre Boels Jr. named “Rental Person of the Year''

2009

We opened our first branches in Poland.

2007

Our international growth continues

In 2007, we opened the first depots in Austria, Italy and Slovakia.

2006

The year we expanded into the Czech Republic.
2004 • We celebrated the opening of our 100th depot.

2002

Boels has been in business for 25 years

25 years of Boels in figures: 650 employees, 500 rental points, 65 branches in 3 countries.

2000

Founding of OneCall. A total service package that provides the right solution, enabling you to carry on with your work. One call, one contact person, one solution for all your rental needs

1998

Start of the boom lift rental division.

1994

We started with in-shop rental points in DIY stores. This allowed us to also offer private individuals suitable rental solutions.

1993

In 1993, we founded the Boels Portable Kitchens specialism. Since that time, this specialism has grown into the largest supplier of mobile kitchens in Europe.

1992

In 1992, we expanded into Germany and opened our first branch.

1991

Our entrepreneurial spirit led to expansion into other countries in Europe. That is how we expanded into Belgium.

1981

The start of Boels Party and Container

With the Party and Container specialisms under our wings, we grew into a generalist rental company in the Netherlands. Boels Party sells tableware, kitchen utensils and furniture for the catering and events industry.

1980

The first branch opened in Sittard. An important step in the growth of Boels as a local rental company.