Ridgway Rentals is to invest £17.5 million (€20 million) in new machines as it plans to cope with current and future demand.
The UK rental company has undergone a three-year consolidation plan and will now invest in nearly 200 units for its fleet. The four manufacturers it will buy from include Hitachi, Hydrema, JCB and Komatsu, with the latter its biggest of the four deals, worth £12 million (€13.6 million).
The deal will comprise of several excavators ranging from 13 to 50 tonnes, including zero tail swing, long reach & high reach demolition models. It will also add a number of 12 tonne articulated rear tip site dumpers, new 7 tonne high visibility dumpers, 1.5 to 8 tonne mini excavators, and excavators and dozers with GPS control.
Ridgway Rentals said that world demand for construction equipment, along with the weak pound, has meant a large quantity of the UK’s used equipment had been exported abroad, creating a shortage of equipment to rent.
Stuart Jones, managing director, Ridgway Rentals, said, “All our new equipment is of the latest technology and include the latest emission control. Machines also comply with the latest health and safety legislation including all round vision for the operator via intelligent camera systems.
“A number of the new dozers and excavators will also be equipped with laser-controlled GPS technology, our job is ensuring that our customers have access to the latest technology so that they can be more productive and operate safely, damaging the environment as little as possible – you can only do this by having the latest equipment.”