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A-Plant Announces £30 million+ investment in hire fleet

A-Plant Hire Fleet Enhanced With New Equipment Investment Worth Over £30 Million

A-Plant, one of the leading plant and tool hire companies in the UK, has placed orders for new equipment for the company's hire fleet worth over £30 million. The orders have been placed with a number of manufacturers including Terex, JCB, Doosan Infracore Portable Power (formerly Ingersoll Rand Utility Equipment), GenSet, JLG, Skyjack and Ausa.

The biggest single order has been placed with Terex and comprises a comprehensive selection of dumpers, rollers and other compaction equipment. Compaction is also a feature of the new JCB order as it includes A-Plant's first purchase of the VMF1500 remote-controlled trench roller from JCB. The JCB order again involves a wide range of telehandler models covering lifting heights from 5 to 17m and micro, mini and midi-excavators from 950 kg to 8 tonne.

The order placed with Doosan Infracore Portable Power covers well over 100 new Ingersoll Rand® compressors and compressor generators providing free air capacities up to 11.3 m3/min (400 cfm). Doosan Infracore Portable Power is also supplying a quantity of Montabert® SC8, SC16 and SC28 Silver Clip hydraulic breakers.

As part of the fleet available from the company's Specialist Equipment business, A-Plant has invested in a package of GenSet products in which the single largest component is a selection of GenSet's popular HireMan range of generators up to 150 kVA. The Powered Access fleet at A-Plant Specialist Equipment has also been enhanced with new products in orders for JLG and Skyjack.

Sat Dhaiwal, Chief Executive Officer of A-Plant, said: "To ensure that we have one of the youngest fleets of equipment in the industry, we are maintaining a very high level of investment. The new investment matches the developments we have made in the sales and service operations at A-Plant, all of which are aimed at optimising our offer to customers, both at a local level and in national accounts."

A-Plant offers a one-stop solution for rental equipment with 30,000 customers in the construction and industrial markets. The company offers one of the widest ranging fleets with over 110,000 items of plant, tools and specialist equipment available for hire. The vast product range extends from smaller equipment such as Electrical Tools, Lifting Products and Confined Space Equipment, to larger plant of the type purchased from Terex and JCB.

The company also has a number of business streams offering specialist equipment, including Falsework and Formwork Products, Traffic Control and Equipment, Power Generation and Welding Equipment, Powered Access Equipment, Accommodation Units and Rail Equipment. A-Plant employs over 2,000 people nationally and forms part of FTSE-250 company, Ashtead Group plc. The company was named 'Hire Company of the Year (Over 5 Outlets) at the Hire Association Europe's Hire Awards of Excellence 2007.