UK rental company Ardent has ordered 1,100 JCB telehandlers for delivery over the next two years.
The order worth £75 million is the largest UK telehandler deal ever received by JCB and includes a wide range of models from the 2,500kg/six metre 525-60 compact to the 5,500kg eight metre.
The company is also investing in a fleet of JCB backhoe loaders, Rough Terrain forklifts and site dumpers. They will all be equipped with JCB’s latest LiveLink telematics fleet management system.
Yvette Henshall-Bell managing director global major accounts said: “We are delighted to secure this major order from one of the UK’s leading plant hire companies. It shows great confidence in JCB machinery and also in the wider construction sector which Ardent’s plant hire business supports.
Ardent’s head of marketing, Anuj Patel added: “This latest acquisition further strengthens Ardent’s telehandler fleet which is the largest available in the UK today. The availability of advanced technology and telematics on the entire fleet was critical for us when specifying JCB machines.”
\(L-R\)Richard Telfer of dealer Watling JCB, Jeremy Fish of Ardent and Yvette Henshall-Bell of JCB
“For Ardent clients, the knowledge that we are working closely with our supply chain to provide solutions that increase productivity, reduce their costs and, most importantly, reduce their on-site risk gives great reassurance. We are stepping away from the plant hire norm and offering a service that sparks real change in the market.”
Ardent operated from 11 locations with a fleet of around 5,000 units with an average age of less than two years.