JCB lands largest ever UK order in £65 million 2,100-machine deal

Sunbelt CEO Andy Wright with JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald

JCB has landed its biggest ever order from a UK customer after Sunbelt Rentals UK chose to invest £65 million in 2,100 new machines.

Rental specialist Sunbelt is buying JCB Loadall telehandlers, mini and midi excavators, site dumpers, tracked excavators and rough terrain fork lifts. The company is also purchasing 350 access platforms, which is JCB’s largest UK deal for this equipment following its entry into the powered access market in 2017.

The order comes as JCB recruits hundreds of new shop floor employees as a result of ‘soaring’ demand. The machines – supplied by Greenshields JCB – are already rolling off the production lines and being delivered to Sunbelt’s 200-strong UK depot network.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said, “Sunbelt Rentals is one of JCB’s largest global customers and this huge investment in new and innovative equipment demonstrates its desire to offer the the most advanced machines, featuring the latest ultra-efficient, low emissions engines. It’s the biggest ever order from a JCB customer in the UK and we are delighted to secure this business. It’s also fantastic to win a large deal for our access platforms from such a well respected fleet customer.”

Sunbelt Rentals rebranded its business last year from A-Plant to mirror the name of its sister company in North America. Sunbelt CEO Andy Wright said, “Sunbelt is committed to owning the youngest and most innovative equipment in the industry and the JCB range offers fantastic quality and solutions for our customers throughout the UK. We have performed strongly throughout the pandemic and this significant order supports our determiniation to maintain and expand our market leadership position within the UK.”