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JCB in 550 machine deal with A-plant

JCB has landed a £16M deal to supply 550 machines to rental firm A-Plant – with the promise of more orders to follow.

The deal is part of a phased investment programme under which the plant hirer has bought 1,089 JCB machines in the last nine months.

The latest order for 550 machines includes more than 400 mini- and midi-excavators, Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklift.

It is one of the biggest to be secured by JCB this year. The machines will be supplied through dealer Greenshields JCB.

JCB UK & Ireland sales director Yvette Henshall-Bell said the deal “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,” she said.

A-Plant is part of the Ashtead Group, which is one of the world’s biggest hire firms and has extensive operations in the UK and United States. Ashtead’s US operation Sunbelt has also just ordered 494 machines, including almost 400 Loadall telescopic handlers, and more than 40 tracked excavators, plus backhoe loaders, Vibromax compaction equipment and rough terrain forklifts.

The total value of the A-Plant and Ashtead deals is £36M.

Most of the machines ordered by A-Plant and Sunbelt will be manufactured at JCB’s facilities in Staffordshire, although the 19 compaction machines ordered by Sunbelt will be made in Germany.

“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,” said A-Plant procurement director Andrew Winlow.

“Orders of this size are not just good for jobs and good for tax generation, they fly the flag and lead the way in putting UK innovation and value-added manufacturing on top of the world,” added JCB advisor Lord Jones.

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