JCB has won an order for more than 800 machines from one of the UK’s leading rental firms — a deal worth more than $41 million or £27 million.
The order has been placed by A-Plant for a huge fleet of micro, mini and midi excavators and 240 Loadall telescopic handlers. This order provides a significant boost for JCB’s British factories, where all the machines will be made. Delivery of the new fleet to the rental firm’s extensive UK depot network begins this month through JCB dealer Greenshields JCB.
The latest deal comes on the back of 550 machines ordered by A-Plant last year, and means the company has now bought 7,500 machines in a trading relationship with JCB stretching back 25 years.
“This is the biggest volume deal of the year for JCB from a UK customer, and we are absolutely delighted that A-Plant has ordered such a significant number of machines,” said Alan Blake, JCB CEO. “It is a huge vote of confidence not only in the quality, reliability and fuel efficiency of JCB’s products, but also in the UK rental market.”
Among the machines ordered are 1-ton class JCB 8016 and 8018 mini excavators, which have just gone into production following their international launch at the Bauma construction equipment trade fair in Munich. The machines feature more than 30 improvements, including an 11-percent increase in dig depth.
Also included in A-Plant’s new fleet are Loadall telescopic handlers powered by JCB’s Ecomax engine. Developed to meet the EU Stage IIIB/US Tier 4 Interim emissions standards, the JCB Ecomax Tier 4i has no need for costly diesel particulate filters (DPFs) or exhaust after-treatment fluids, resulting in low-cost, efficient operation for customers. This technology has made the Ecomax Tier 4i the world’s cleanest and most efficient off-highway engine, which means that JCB’s Loadalls now use 7% less fuel than previous models.