Sunbelt has announced that it has acquired the Manchester-based film, photographic and TV lighting specialist, PKE Lighting Limited.

PKE strengthens Sunbelt Rentals' proposition in the British film and television industry, after their recent acquisition of Movietech. Operating nationwide, PKE provides services to many of the UK's leading television shows and is well positioned for growth within the UK film market.

Andy Wright, Sunbelt Rentals UK CEO, explained: "These are exciting times for all of us as we expand our footprint in the UK TV and film market. The combined knowledge and expertise of PKE, Movietech and William F. White International will be a true differentiator for us and our film and television clients. The existing, dedicated and experienced team of Mike Pollard, Matt Evans and Chris Hughes will remain in the business and work alongside Sunbelt and WFW and will assist with executing the exciting UK expansion plan."

Speaking about the acquisition, PKE Owner/Director, Mike Pollard added: "It's a great opportunity for us to be under the same umbrella as Movietech and WFW, which will allow us to continue to be successful well into the future. With Sunbelt's support we will be able to invest in additional inventory and rental solutions that will expand our equipment offering and service for our clients."