Builders’ merchant places landmark JCB machine order

JCB global major accounts MD Steve Fox (left) with Jewson business development director Mark Esling

JCB has secured one of its biggest orders of the year after a 900-machine deal was signed with builders’ merchant Jewson.

The order, worth more than £12 million, is the largest ever placed by Tool Hire – the rental division of Jewson – in the 20 years since JCB first began supplying the company.

The new fleet includes 19C-1 E electric mini-excavator models and 1TE electric site dumpers. As well as being quieter, the electric models offer zero emissions at the point of use and comparable performance to diesel counterparts.

Steve Fox, JCB global major accounts MD, said, “We are delighted to mark 20 years of supplying Jewson Tool Hire with an order of such magnitude, which is testament to the quality of JCB’s compact equipment range. The addition of electrically-powered machines demonstrates that Jewson is looking to the future and the opportunities that zero emissions machines present.”

The order also includes JCB 8008 micro-excavators, JCB 16C-1 mini-excavators, 1T site dumpers and VMT160-80 vibratory tandem rollers. The machines will be supplied by Gunn JCB.

Jewson business development director Mark Esling added, “JCB is a key partner, and we are proud to mark such an important anniversary of working together. We are aligned on our core values of supporting the trade and empowering builders, tradespeople, and contractors across all industries with the best products, services and expertise and we look forward to a bright future together.”