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A-Plant orders 800 JCBs

14 May 13 Hire company A-Plant has placed a £27m order for more than 800 machines from JCB.

JCB CEO Alan Blake
JCB CEO Alan Blake

The order includes micro, mini and midi excavators as well as 240 Loadall telescopic handlers.

Delivery of the new fleet across A-Plant depots begins this month through dealer Greenshields JCB.

The deal comes on the back of 550 machines ordered by A-Plant last year – and means the company has now bought 7,500 JCB machines over the past 25 years.

JCB CEO Alan Blake said: “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. 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 hire market.”

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Among the machines ordered are one-tonne 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.

A-Plant director of purchasing and fleet management Andrew Winlow said: “A-Plant is committed to offering its customers the newest, most productive, innovative and fuel-efficient machines on the market, and this order fulfils that promise.

“With the Loadalls powered by the innovative Ecomax engine, A-Plant and its customers both benefit; customers will use less fuel and A-Plant won’t be faced with the expense of maintaining diesel particulate filters or the addition of Ad Blu to the engine.

“A-Plant has been doing business now with JCB for 25 years and from a single machine purchase in 1988, the business relationship has grown into a real partnership between us, JCB and Greenshields JCB. We continue to be positive about future market growth and that is underlined by the size of our investment in JCB machines.”

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