JCB has received an order for over 1,200 machines and a range of generators, valued at more than £55 million (€61.46 million) – making it one of the largest single deals ever made by the company in the UK and Ireland.

The deal was secured with A-Plant – a British equipment renting company with subsidiary branches in Ireland.

A-Plant put in an order for a range of equipment including: over 600 Loadall telescopic handlers; over 450 mini and midi excavators; backhoe loaders; rough terrain forklift trucks; tracked excavators; and site dumpers.

This brings the total worth of JCB machinery ordered by A-Plant in the last three years to a staggering £140 million (€156.43 million). The latest sales have all been supplied through the manufacturer’s dealer, Greenshields JCB.


Pictured left to right are: JCB Chief Operating Officer, Mark Turner; A-Plant Marketing Director, Asif Latief; and Tom Greenshields, National Accounts Director for Greenshields

A-Plant Marketing Director, Asif Latief, spoke of the recent deal, saying: “The latest products are more innovative, productive, safer, greener and more sustainable.

“We are delighted to have placed this latest order with JCB, which demonstrates our commitment to working with leading brands.

It is part of our continual fleet investment programme, which has seen A-Plant invest over £300 million (€335.22 million) during the last two years.

JCB UK and Ireland Sales Director, Dan Thompstone, added: “A-Plant has been buying JCB equipment now for more than 25 years and we are delighted to support its latest investment in our equipment.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with A-Plant, delivering innovative, quality products supported by excellent parts and service back-up from Greenshields JCB.”


A-Plant forms part of the FTSE 100 company, Ashtead Group plc, and is the UK’s largest equipment rental company. Its PSS Hire division has branches in both Dublin and Derry, while it has a separate branch in Belfast under the name Rapid Climate Control.