GAP Group, the UK’s leading independent equipment hire company, will continue to offer its customers best-in-class construction machinery after announcing Kubota will be its sole supplier of mini and midi excavators for another year.

Having already purchased almost 500 Kubota excavators since January 2018, the Japanese manufacturer will provide GAP Group with all excavators in the 0.8t to 8.0t category. The Glasgow based hire company employs more than 1,800 people across 140 depots in the UK, with its latest purchase bolstering the company’s excavator fleet to almost 4,500 across the country.

“We have developed a strong successful working relationship with Kubota over many years and when you combine the performance of the machines with the service we receive from its dealer network, the decision to continue to retain Kubota as our sole supplier of compact excavators was an easy one,” says Ken Stewart, Head of Procurement at GAP Group.

“Not only is the Kubota product well designed and engineered, it is also robust enough to withstand the rigours of the hire industry, which allows us and our customers to focus on the day-to-day business operations without the worry of excavator down time or requiring maintenance outwith the manufacturer’s servicing schedule.

“In addition to the performance of the machines, many of our products in our extensive hire fleet are powered by Kubota engines, such as compressors, dumpers, rollers, generators and lighting towers, allowing the team at GAP Group to action routine servicing and preventative maintenance quickly and efficiently across all our machines.”

“The fact that GAP Group is our largest independent customer worldwide tells you everything you need to know about the strength of our relationship with them,” says David Hart, Kubota UK’s Managing Director. “It’s a pleasure to continue to work closely with a fantastic company like GAP Group and we’re thrilled to continue as the sole supplier of excavators for the foreseeable future.”