THE company that placed the country’s largest order for Liebherr’s new articulated dump trucks will be using the vehicles on the expansion of Liebherr’s UK headquarters.
Thomas Plant Hire, based in north Wales, has snapped up seven TA 230 G8 dump trucks. The vehicles were included in a £21 million package which also sees 16 dozers and 17 excavators added to the fleet.
The trucks will be employed in muck-shifting duties on the 15-acre site of Liebherr GB’s new facility adjoining its existing nine-acre complex in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.
Thomas Plant Hire was founded in 2000 and has a network of five depots in addition to its Caerwys head office. The company has run an L 566 XPower wheeled loader for some time. MD Wyn Thomas said, “Our existing loading shovel has been a very reliable tool with back-up to match so at an early stage in our expansion plan for 2021 we sat down with the team from Liebherr to discuss what they were able to do for us.
“Where some manufacturers were saying they had little or no capacity, Liebherr had stock available and capacity in their manufacturing programme to fit in our requirements. The early arrivals on the fleet have been accepted very well by our in-house teams, our clients and our operators and are proving to be the machines we expected them to be. They are all returning excellent fuel figures and are also very reliable, both points being important to our bottom line.
“We are very confident in the Liebherr products and that shows, with us being the first company to order them. They look like very well-built trucks and will slot into our operations very well. We look forward to continuing our good relationship with the Liebherr team as time goes on.”