JCB has secured an order for more than 1,000 machines from A-Plant, a leading plant hire company in a deal worth £35m.
The company has bought a fleet mainly consisting of mini and midi excavators and JCB Loadalls, as well as rough terrain forklifts, Teletruks and 3CX backhoe loaders, as well a number of JS130 tracked excavators for the first time.
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “This is a highly significant order and the biggest of the year so far for JCB in the UK. We are delighted that our relationship with A-Plant, which now stretches back more than 25 years, continues to go from strength to strength.
“The UK market is currently the fastest growing in the world and JCB is on course for its best performance in the UK since 2007 which helps to offset downturns in markets such as Brazil, India and Latin America.”
All the machines, which are being supplied by dealer Greenshields JCB, will be built at JCB’s Staffordshire factories; the backhoe loaders and Loadalls at the World HQ, the mini and midi excavators at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, the Teletruks at JCB Utility Products, Cheadle and the tracked excavators at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter.
Asif Latief, A-Plant Marketing and Strategic Accounts Director, said: “This order allows us to meet with the increasing demand in the market place and continue to supply one of the youngest and most up to date fleets in the industry”.
He added, “We have also added the new JS130 tracked excavators to our fleet to service the contract with the Environment Agency because of its environmental efficiencies which address issues such as CO2 emissions and use biodegradable hydraulic oil. This is a standard requirement on the Environment Agency’s excavators”.
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