JCB is celebrating news of an order worth more than £7 million for a fleet of micro and mini excavators from one of the UK’s major suppliers to the building industry.

Travis Perkins is buying more than 500 JCB machines – all made at the JCB Compact Products factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire.  The excavators, supplied by JCB dealer Watling JCB, are already rolling off the production lines and will be delivered throughout 2015. The first machines are now being pressed into service by a variety of customers across the UK, where Travis Perkins has over 650 branches.

Yesterday Richard Dey, Group Hire Director, Travis Perkins, and John O’Keeffe, Commercial Director, Travis Perkins, visited the Cheadle plant with Watling JCB MD Richard Telfer to see the company’s new fleet of JCB 8008 micro and JCB 8014 mini excavators in production. The latest order means Travis Perkins has invested in over 2,200 JCB machines since its first purchase.

Richard Dey said: “JCB micro and mini excavators are our customers’ machine of choice and Travis Perkins prides itself on having a very modern fleet.  We have been purchasing them for over a decade and this investment keeps us at the forefront of our sector. We have always been impressed by the world-class back-up service provided by Watling JCB, so this was another reason for us placing another large order.”

JCB UK and Ireland Sales Director Dan Thompstone said: “Travis Perkins is a long-term and valued customer of JCB and we are delighted the company has placed this milestone order with Watling JCB.  JCB’s mini excavators are the best-selling in the UK market and this deal helps cement our position as brand leader.”

Travis Perkins is part of Travis Perkins plc, which employs 26,000 people, is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of materials and professional services to the building and construction, and home improvement markets. The group operates 19 businesses from almost 2,000 sites across the UK. The business also includes Wickes, BSS Industrial, Keyline, Toolstation, City Plumbing and PTS.