JCB has announced that it has won a deal from A-Plant for it to buy more than 550 machines worth £16 million.
The deal is part of a phased investment programme which has seen A-Plant buy a total of 1,089 JCB machines in the last nine months.
The latest order includes more than 400 mini and midi excavators, including 50 JCB 8085 eco midi excavators, which are 27 per cent more productive and 20 per cent more fuel efficient that the previous model.
JCB UK and Ireland sales director Yvette Henshall-Bell said: “To win a deal of this size is testament to the quality and reliability of JCB’s machines. It also shows huge confidence in the market.
“We are absolutely delighted to have won this business, which cements a relationship going back a number of years.”
A-Plant which is part of the Ashtead Group and is one of the world’s biggest hire firms, has extensive operations in the UK and USA. Its US operation Sunbelt has also just ordered 494 machines, including almost 400 loadall telescopic handlers, over 40 tracked excavators along with backhoe loaders, Vibromax compaction equipment and rough terrain forklifts.
Most of the machines ordered will be manufactured in Staffordshire at JCB’s World Headquarters in Rochester. The 19 compaction machines ordered by Sunbelt will be made at JCB Vibromax in Gatersleben, Germany.
A-Plant procurement director Andrew Winlow added: “This latest order marks the continuation of a long standing working partnership with JCB which is founded on the shared core value of delivering the highest quality equipment to the market.
“The provision of class-leading machines supported by excellent JCB service back-up, helps us ensure the best possible offering to our customers. The scale of the order reflects the strength of our relationship and our positive outlook towards future market growth, which will see us add further JCB models to our fleet.”