UK rental company GAP Hire Solutions has invested £4.5 million (€6.2 million) in over 100 telescopic handlers from manufacturers JCB and Manitou in response to customer demand.

GAP said it could now offer telescopic handlers from 4m to 18m to rental customers. The machines were supplied by JCB Scot and various Manitou dealers throughout the UK.

Head of procurement at GAP Ken Stewart said, “Up until very recently our fleet holding of telehandlers was relatively small both in terms of numbers and sizes available.

"As a result, we relied heavily on our re-hire partners to fulfil our overall hire requirements. The new holding of telehandlers means we can supply our customers quickly with brand new equipment straight from our depots.

“We are lucky enough to enjoy great working relationships with our suppliers. Product availability from JCB and Manitou has been excellent which has allowed us to respond rapidly to customer requirements.

“We have a number of customers who have specified the Manitou products as they offer sizes which are currently unavailable elsewhere, in particular the MT1840 which can lift 4 tonnes at a reach of 18m.

"The new JCB model 525-60 has also been well received by both depots and customers and we look forward to continuing our long term and excellent working relationship with both companies.”

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