The rapidly growing UK heavy machinery market has received another boost with a new multi-million pound contract signed between JCB and hire company, A-Plant.
JCB has secured an order for more than 1,000 machines from the UK plant hire company in a deal worth £35 million.
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “This is a highly significant order and the biggest of the year so far for JCB in the UK.
“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.”
The deal comes on the back of 800 machines ordered by A-Plant last year and a further 550 in 2012.
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.
“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”.
A-Plant, which forms part of FTSE-100 company Ashtead Group plc, is one of the UK’s largest equipment rental companies with over 125 service centres across Great Britain, more than 2,250 employees nationwide and over 30,000 customers in the construction, industrial, commercial, utility, public sector, homeowner and events markets.
The firm has in excess of 110,000 items of plant, tools and specialist equipment for hire.