IDS From Cape Town Gets A Leg Up Thanks To Concord Access Rental


Cape Town-based structural insulated panel (SIP) manufacturer IDS has opted for scissor lifts from Concord Access Rental instead of traditional scaffolding. Not only does this boost productivity, it gives the company peace-of-mind it has access to the latest technology and best-maintained equipment.

The manufacturer is a classic example of a company that has benefited from the lowest total cost of ownership philosophy that underpins Concord Access Rental’s service and product offering, Cape Town Branch manager Brent Viljoen comments.

IDS CEO Tiaan Maritz explains that the company had always relied on scaffolding, which is both costly and time-consuming to erect, move and then dismantle. “We were involved with a particular project with a tight time constraint, which resulted in us looking at other options. We investigated Concord Access Rental, and have never looked back since.”

The company uses 18 m, 14 m, and 12 m scissor lifts from Concord Access Rental, in addition to its articulating and straight boom access lifts. IDS Project Manager Andries du Plooy cites the main benefit of the equipment as an accelerated cost-to-time ratio, in addition to the critical factor of improved safety.

However, Maritz attributes the secret ingredient of the 11-year partnership between the two companies as the 24/7 support offered by Concord Access Rental. “The service is brilliant. Even if it is after hours, they will send somebody out. That is the main reason we use them.”

Rental equipment is far more cost-effective than scaffolding. The increased productivity results in significant cost- and time-savings that can be transferred directly to IDS’s customers, and thereby enhance its competitiveness and market share.

“Interestingly enough, our competitors have followed suit. Therefore, not only have we revolutionised the SIP installation industry, but Concord Access Rental is actively helping us keep our leading edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” Maritz comments.

Current projects keeping IDS busy in the Western Cape include distribution centres for retail giants Spar and Woolworths, and various controlled-atmosphere projects in the Grabouw region. “We have a few major projects pending, so it is going to be a busy year for us. With Concord Access Rental continuing to support us in the background, we are assured of ongoing success,” Maritz concludes.