Shropshire plant hire company, Ridgway Rentals Ltd., is making a £17.5 million investment in new machines to cope with current and future demand.

The huge shopping list of nearly 200 machines has been split between four manufacturers. Hydrema, JCB, Hitachi plus the lion’s share of £12 million going to Komatsu. The deal comprised of several excavators ranging from 13 up to 50 tonne including zero tail swing, long reach and high reach demolition models plus a number of 12 tonne articulated rear tip site dumpers, new 7 tonne high visibility dumpers, 1.5 to 8 tonne mini excavators plus intelligent excavators and dozers with GPS control.

The majority of machines ordered are manufactured in the UK! British icon, JCB in their Uttoxeter plant and Komatsu’s UK plant in Chester-Le-Street, near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where Komatsu produces its hydraulic excavators.

World demand for construction equipment and the weak pound has meant that a large quantity of the UK’s used equipment has been exported abroad, creating a shortage of equipment to rent – just as the construction industry begins to gain momentum!

The orders were placed following a number of months of negotiation and have been arriving into Ridgway’s main depot near Oswestry in Shropshire in a steady stream, usually to go straight out on hire!

Ridgway Rentals Ltd. is a family owned and run plant hire business that has its routes going back to the 60’s. Group Chairman, Tim Jones, is confident that this recent expansion of the fleet will enable the company to give its customers the equipment it needs “Our service is giving our customers what they want when they need it.”

Stuart Jones, Managing Director explains that by having the right equipment when our customers need it means that they in turn increase productivity “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.” Stuart continues, “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.”