Hans Gatzemeier, Managing Director at ELA Container Offshore GmbH, talks PES through the advantages of renting offshore containers, the option to buy and the possibility of liveable models complete with fitness studios, kitchen areas and even somewhere to do your laundry.
PES: Hello Hans, the last time we talked together was at the beginning of the year. How has the market been for you since then?
Hans Gatzemeier: It’s still going well for me and my team, thank you. At this time, the pandemic situation in Germany is relatively stable. However, we are observing the increasing number of cases in Europe and the global environment very critically and hope that we can go back to business as usual soon.
Despite the tense global situation, we have had a successful year. We have been able to increase the number of containers rented in the North American market by more than 30 per cent, and we have also seen a double-digit percentage increase in Europe.
In order to be able to fulfil the increasing need, we are producing new containers in spite of greatly increasing material prices to hopefully cover the high demand. Thus, it can be said that we are very satisfied with this development.
PES: In the last edition, you explained the advantages of renting offshore containers. To remind our readers, what are the benefits for customers in renting containers?
HG: ELA rents mobile room solutions in container form. Often our customers receive a tender for the installation of wind turbines, foundation engineering, or the maintenance and installation of a platform, etc. They contact us if they need additional sleeping quarters, offices, meeting rooms, sanitary facilities, control rooms, or project-specific accommodations because of a temporarily increased number of staff.
Our customers can rent our flexible room solutions as they are needed and increase expenses only for this time period. Because markets and needs are always changing, our customers can always react flexibly, wherever they are working in the world.