A leading UK plant and equipment hire firm has invested almost £9 million (€12.5 million) in a fleet of JCB Loadall telescopic handlers.

Nixon Hire will take delivery of more than 150 machines throughout 2015. With lift heights ranging from seven to 17 metres, they are powered by the JCB Ecomax Tier 4i engine, which has no requirement for costly diesel particulate filters.

The new fleet will go out on hire in construction and materials handling projects including civil engineering works, major house building and warehousing schemes across the UK.

Managing director Graham Nixon said: “JCB is one of the industry’s leading brands and one that is in high demand from our customers. It is important for us to supply equipment that end users know and trust.

“The Loadall telescopic handlers particularly appeal for their high level of safety features, familiarity for end users and strong resale value.”

JCB has been manufacturing Loadalls for almost 40 years and has been a preferred supplier for Nixon Hire since 2006.

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