UK telehandler rental company Ardent has placed a £13 million order for Manitou telehandlers.
The order - placed through Manitou distributor Mawsley Machinery – includes around 120 fixed frame telehandlers, including 50 units of the 14 metre/4,000kg MT1440, and 40 units of the six metre/2,500kg MT625, seven metre/3,200kg MT732 and nine metre/3,200kg MT932, all of which have been delivered. Ardent says that a further 20 to 30 MT625s are due for delivery before the end of the year.
The company has also ordered a number of Manitou’s 360 degree models, including the 21 metre/5,000kg MRT2150, 25 metre/5,000kg MRT2550, 30 metre/5,000kg MRT3050 and 32 metre/5,500kg MRT3255 - all of which will be delivered over the next three months. The move is part of a plan to build a 100 unit 360 degree telehandler fleet during 2020, it has already expanded the 360 degree fleet from 12 to 45 units over the past 12 months.
Chief financial officer Julian O’Neill said: “Our decision to invest with Mawsley Machinery and Manitou to grow our telehandler and roto telehandler fleet was based on their industry leading products, service and after sales support. We have worked closely with Manitou to make all machines compatible with our site manager platform and we will see further enhancements to the information available during the first half of 2020. Overall, the lower operating costs and strong residuals, coupled with the advances in telematics ensure that the Manitou machines will fit well within our ever expanding fleet.”
Manitou UK sales director Peter Smyth added: “We are extremely delighted to secure this major deal from one of the UK’s leading plant hire companies. It shows great confidence in our products and what we can offer the wider industry.”