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A-PLant Wins Preferred Supplier Status

A-Plant Powered Access, part of A-Plant Specialist Products, has been awarded preferred supplier status by All Mass Cladding Systems Ltd of Bishopsworth in Bristol, one of the leading cladding contractors in the UK. According to All Mass, there were a number of reasons for appointing A-Plant, the first being the hire fleet which, following over 30 million worth of new investment in the last three years, is believed to have the youngest age profile and is the most advanced in the hire industry. Over the last 12 months alone, A-Plant has taken delivery of well over 500 new powered access machines worth over 16 million purchased from various powered access manufacturers, including JLG, Skyjack, Genie and Niftylift.

A-Plant Powered Access has an extensive hire fleet comprising almost 2,000 items of state-of-the-art equipment for access requirements, including scissor lifts, telescopic booms, articulating booms, trailer mounted machines and specialist equipment such as lightweight aluminium personnel lifts and track-mounted booms.

Another important aspect for All Mass is the reporting and IT capabilities that A-Plant offers through the company's customer Extranet together with the excellent service and the product/application expertise offered by the A-Plant Powered Access team.

Alan Bigwood, Health & Safety manager of All Mass Cladding Systems Ltd, said: "The broad, high quality product range and very low age profile of the A-Plant Powered Access fleet is of a superior order. A-Plant has the wide variety of products from compact electric scissor lifts to the highest telescopic booms and scissors that we needed to install the specified construction products and gain operative access on this specific project. As well as the right product, we also benefit from the advice and expertise provided by A-Plant personnel to ensure we have the most efficient solutions for the installation our vertical and horizontal cladding systems."

For example, on a recent prestigious cladding project at the new stadium for Cardiff City Football Club, where a fleet of 15 A-Plant machines were working, Christian Dobbin, the All Mass Account Manager at A-Plant worked closely with Wayne Wheadon, the All Mass Project Manager, visiting site regularly to advise on the A-Plant equipment needed to meet the complex tasks on the project. One key issue was that in various areas, All Mass was working off concrete floor slabs inside the stadium which required lighter machines and to meet this requirement, Christian Dobbin specified special electric scissor lifts which could be craned up onto the different slab levels where the cladding work needed to be carried out and came within the engineers point loadings.

Steve King, Sales Director for A-Plant Powered Access, added: "We are delighted to be appointed as preferred supplier to All Mass and look forward to working closely with them on future cladding projects. At A-Plant, we will go to any length to meet project requirements. No other company can offer a hire fleet with the same breadth, quality and low average age. The powered access investment has also been accompanied by the purchase of specialised delivery vehicles allowing A-Plant to deliver machines more quickly and take on more work from customers requiring early deliveries.

A-Plant is one of the largest non-operated plant and tool hire companies in Europe. Since its formation, A-Plant has expanded from a five-depot operation to having a national network of over 200 locations covering the whole of Great Britain.

The company website - located at www.aplant.com - provides a definitive on-line guide for the equipment hire industry. Like many of A-Plant's customers, All Mass can access an expanding suite of fully integrated on-line services through the Extranet system accessed via the A-Plant website.

Utilising the reporting capabilities available through the Extranet, All Mass can obtain live consolidated information for all transactions with A-Plant, regardless of what equipment has been hired and which A-Plant location was involved, presenting the information by operating region and by postcode for particular sites. The ability to offer weekly plant reports and consolidated invoices is a particularly attractive feature for All Mass in its management reporting processes.

A-Plant forms part of FTSE-250 company, Ashtead Group plc. The investments made by A-Plant and by Sunbelt Rentals, its USA-based sister company in Ashtead Group, together reinforce the Group's position as the second largest powered access operator in the world.