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A Volvo Century for Morris Leslie

Morris Leslie Plant Hire Ltd continues its ambitious expansion programme with the purchase of 100 new Volvo compact excavators for its nationwide hire fleet.


Coming out of the industry’s worst recession Morris Leslie Plant Hire Ltd embarked on an ambitious expansion programme to grow its self-drive hire business nationwide and in the space of two years has acquired in excess of 2100 items of mobile plant with an investment in excess  of £80M. In 2014 the company purchased its first Volvo machines, the ECR88D reduced swing excavators and has continued this year with the purchase of a further 25 88s together with 25 ECR25D’s and 50 of the latest edition to Volvo’s range of compact excavators – the ECR50D. 

“Selecting equipment that has a good pedigree in terms of quality, reliability and a high degree of user acceptance is critical to us,” comments Morris Leslie’s Group Operations Director Graham Ogilvie. “We found the initial batch of Volvo machines satisfied that criteria and were well received by our client base and our national depot network. Therefore, it wasn’t a difficult decision  to choose more Volvo’s as part of our expansion plan this year which already has amounted to some 1300 items of plant with a value of £45M,” he continues. “Another important factor is building a solid relationship with our core partners and again we are enjoying a very positive association with the team at Volvo.”

The new machines have been distributed evenly across Morris Leslie Plant Hire’s hire branches located in Burgess Hill, Exeter, Newark, Northampton, Perth, Plymouth, Saltash, Stockport and Woking.  “With Volvo’s network of customer support centres and utility dealers strategically placed around the country we know we can rely on their after sales support nationwide,” continues Mr Ogilvie.  
Morris Leslie Plant Hire Ltd is part of the Morris Leslie Group which was established in 1974 and has its headquarters located near Perth in Scotland. The company has nine hire depots  offering a range of  construction equipment including excavators, telehandlers, dumpers & rollers, which is continually being renewed thanks to rigorous investment planning, making its fleet one of the youngest in terms of age in the UK.
Volvo Construction Equipment markets wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in the U.K. There are eight strategically placed customer support centres and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.

Source: Volvo AB