JCB has secured a massive deal for 700 machines, worth more than £40m, from one of the country’s largest plant hire companies.
Ardent Hire Solutions is buying JCB Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklift trucks as the company seeks to invest in the most advanced machines on the market. The machines are being supplied through Leicestershire-based dealer Watling JCB.
Ardent Hire trades from 12 depots nationwide and provides around 5,000 units for rent, with an average age of less than two years.
JCB UK and Ireland sales director Dan Thompstone said: “It is a massive deal and, with the bulk of the order for JCB Loadall telehandlers, it represents the biggest deal this year for that product anywhere in the world. Ardent Hire is a key partner for us in the UK rental market.”
Loadall telescopic handlers are manufactured at JCB’s HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire. The deal includes a large number of the flagship JCB 540-200 models, which are capable of lifting to 20m, with all-terrain capability, offering a highly efficient alternative to a mobile crane.
The Loadalls are powered by JCB’s high-torque 55kW Ecomax engine, which meets the latest emissions standards without the need for without the need for a costly diesel particulate filter, selective catalytic reduction or diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue).
The rough terrain forklift trucks are aimed at Ardent’s customers working in the events sector.