Sudbury-based Echo Barrier secures landmark deal with US giant United Rentals

An Echo Barrier installation in London.

An Echo Barrier installation in London. - Credit: Archant

Noise reduction specialist Echo Barrier has secured a deal with United States giant United Rentals which will see its award-winning acoustic barriers become available across the globe.

United Rentals, the world’s largest equipment rentals company, covers the US and Canada and will take on a distributor role for Sudbury-based Echo Barrier in other overseas markets.

The innovative Echo Barrier system is already used by some of the world’s biggest construction companies and has been credited with reducing building noise at the likes of the World Trade Center in New York and Earls Court on the London Underground. Peter Wilson, technical director at Echo Barrier, who created the system just five years ago, says the United Rentals deal represents a “monumental landmark” in the company’s growth.

“United Rentals can get our product in front of huge markets across the world with relative ease which will significantly grow our business” he said.

“We have been working with the team based in the States for a long time to try and get the deal right to benefit both parties and we are thrilled to have finally signed on the dotted line.”

Echo Barrier launched its first noise reduction barrier on to the market in 2010 as a cost-effective and accessible tool to help construction, rail and events companies and local authorities reduce the impact of works noise on local communities.

In the five years since, two more improved versions of the barrier have been produced, while other products, including a generator acoustic enclosure and a transparent barrier, have also been added to its portfolio.