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2 minute read - 6th March 2024

JCB secures £68m order from Morris Leslie

Morris Leslie Plant Hire has placed an order for a large fleet of new JCB machines worth £68m.

The machines will be supplied throughout 2024, as the UK hirer marks its 50th birthday, in an expression of confidence in the UK’s housebuilding and construction market. It also follows an order placed in March 2023 worth £87.5m, which was JCB’s largest UK order ever.

The substantial order – to be supplied by dealer Scot JCB – includes Loadall telescopic handlers, X Series excavators, mini excavators, compaction rollers and site dumpers. Significantly, the deal also includes 50 JCB backhoe loaders – one for every year Morris Leslie Plant Hire has been in business and a product on which the success of the company was built.

JCB has secured an order worth £68m from Morris Leslie Plant Hire – the British-built machines will all be delivered during 2024 / Picture: JCB

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JCB chairman Anthony Bamford handed over the keys to one of the backhoes to founder Morris Leslie – a special Platinum Edition machine produced to mark the JCB backhoe’s 70th birthday.

Lord Bamford said: “We are very proud of our long association with Morris Leslie Plant Hire. Like many of our customers, the company has grown from very small beginnings into a force to be reckoned with in the plant hire sector. From one family company to another, we wish Morris Leslie Plant Hire a very happy 50th birthday.”

Morris Leslie added: “Over the years we have bought more than 7,000 JCB machines, so our success over the past half century is very much intertwined with that of JCB and we look forward to building on our partnership in the years to come.”

Perth-based Morris Leslie has 15 depots across the UK with nationwide coverage, and prides itself in having one of the youngest fleets of machines available. The deal comes less than a year after Morris Leslie Plant Hire ordered £87.5m worth of JCB machines. Morris Leslie founded his company on his parents’ farm in 1974 in the Carse of Gowrie, near Perth, where he began buying and selling construction equipment. Today, the company has a fleet of more than 5,000 machines.

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