History of the Group

O'Flaherty Holdings is one of Irelands largest family business groups. It has a significant automotive business, Including Motor Distributors Ltd and Motor Services Ltd, which have been in operation since the 1940's.

Motor Distributors Limited is the importer and distributor in Ireland of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Motor Services Ltd is a network of motor dealerships providing sales and after-sales service for Mercedes-Benz, Mazda & Skoda. O'Flaherty Holdings also has a significant property and investment portfolio.

As part of its diversification strategy the group entered the UK plant hire market through the acquisition of Mr. Plant Hire plc in 2014. Through AER Rents the group has continued to expand in the hire market in the UK and Ireland with the subsequent acquisitions of Drogheda Hire & Sales, Mainline Group & Welfare 4 Hire.

Strategy for Rental

AER Rent’s core business trades in the traditional plant hire sector providing Tools (incl. M&E), Plant & Powered Access. Our aim is to establish a depot network capable of servicing 75% of the UK & Irelands SME’s. Alongside this we are establishing a network of complementary specialist businesses providing a range of specialist products and services that support the core offering and give our customers more reasons to choose AER Rents. We pride ourselves in supporting our individual trading brands and will continue to support their development.
Expansion into rental

The AER Timeline

Mr Plant Hire plc

Operating from four locations in North London their experienced team provides a wide range of plant, mechanical, electrical and powered access...

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Drogheda Hire & Sales

From their initial depot in Drogheda and their new opening in Dublin, Drogheda Hire & Sales are well-placed to provide a comprehensive range of plant...

May 2020
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Mainline Group

From its base in Swadlincote in Derbyshire Mainline is considered one of the leading hire companies in the Midlands, providing a wide range...

Dec 2020
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Welfare 4 Hire

A specialist hirer of welfare units operating from four locations across the UK. They have invested in the latest products to provide our customers...

May 2021
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Chippindale Hire & Sales

One of the largest plant hire & sales businesses covering the North of England, from its eight strategically located depots it provides an extensive range of plant, tools, attachments and site accommodation…

June 2022
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