£15m investment for A-Plant fleet

Providers of manufacturing equipment and tools, A-Plant has invested £15m to develop its collection of powered and low level access machines.

The Warrington-based firm has placed large orders wth six suppliers for over 720 new machines, set to be delivered to its service centres up and down the UK before September.

The company secured a £6m contract with lifting tools manufacturer, Genie, which includes rough terrain diesel scissor lifts, diesel articulating booms and an electric range, including self-propelled electric scissor lifts.

A-Plant also struck a £4.6m deal with lift access and equipment producer, JLG for 220 machines.

A-Plant marketing director Asif Latief, said: “This investment confirms A-Plant’s access fleet as one of the most up-to-date and efficient anywhere in the UK, as the new machines will replace our older models and the specification of environmentally-friendly equipment to meet green building requirements has been a key consideration.

“We now have a fleet of well over 2,000 powered access machines, in addition to thousands of non-mechanical, low level access machines, including self-propelled and push-around models, so we can offer our customers a huge selection across the rang, whatever their access requirements may be.”

The scheme is part of a large investment programme to improve A-Plant’s fleet. In 2013, finance for the fleet surpassed £100m and is expect to reach roughly the same amount by the end of 2014.

A FTSE-100 company, A-Plant employs more than 2,250 staff and supplies several sectors including construction, industrial, commercial, and utility.