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A-Plant tools up with huge JCB order

24 May 12 A-Plant has placed a £16m order with JCB for 550 machines, its second recent big order with the manufacturer.

A-Plant’s phased investment programme has now seen it buy a total of 1,089 JCB machines in the last nine months.

The latest order for 550 machines includes more than 400 mini and midi excavators, including fifty JCB 8085 eco midi excavators. The deal also includes Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklifts.

It is one of the biggest deals to be secured by JCB this year and will be fulfilled through dealer Greenshields JCB.

A-Plant’s sister company in the USA – Sunbelt – has also ordered 494 machines from JCB, including a fleet of nearly 400 Loadall telescopic handlers, more than 40 tracked excavators, in addition to backhoe loaders, Vibromax compaction equipment and rough terrain forklifts. In total, parent company Ashtead is spending £36m with JCB on the two deals.

JCB UK & Ireland sales director Yvette Henshall-Bell said: “To win a deal of this size is testament to the quality and reliability of JCB’s machines. It also 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.”

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Most of the machines ordered by A-Plant and Sunbelt will be manufactured in the UK. The 19 compaction machines ordered by Sunbelt will be made at JCB Vibromax in Gatersleben, Germany.

A-Plant procurement director Andrew Winlow said: “This latest order marks the continuation of a long standing working partnership with JCB which is founded on the shared core value of delivering the highest quality equipment to the market. The provision of class-leading machines supported by excellent JCB service back-up helps us ensure the best possible offering to our customers.

“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.”

Pictured below are, left to right:  JCB UK and Ireland sales director Yvette Henshall-Bell; JCB Compact Products managing director Jo Bamford;  A-Plant procurement director Andrew Winlow; and Greenshields JCB group aftermarket director Tom Greenshields.

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