Morris Leslie Plant Hire’s expansion plans continue with the addition of 78 new Volvo excavators


Morris Leslie Plant Hire’s expansion plans continue with the addition of 78 new Volvo excavators


Morris Leslie Plant Hire Ltd continues its ambitious expansion programme with the purchase of a further 66 new Volvo compact excavators as well as 5 reduced swing ECR145Es and 7 fourteen tonne EC140E for its nationwide hire fleet.



Besides the fourteen tonne machines, this latest batch of Volvo compact excavators includes a total of 24 ECR25D and 16 ECR50D zero swing models along with 10 reduced swing ECR88Ds and 16 conventional EC55Cs – all of which will be distributed around Morris Leslie Plant Hire’s  nationwide depot network.

“Since purchasing a significant quantity last year, our Volvo compact excavators have proved themselves in terms of reliability, operator acceptance, ease of maintenance and of course their performance. Opting for equipment that has a good pedigree with these attributes in mind is critical to us and these machines have done just that,” comments Morris Leslie Plant Hire’s Managing Director, Graham Ogilvie. “Based on these facts it wasn’t a difficult decision to choose more Volvos as part of our continued expansion plan for 2017 and most importantly our continued positive relationship with one of our core partners.”


The purchase of these new Volvo excavators is just part of the first phase of Morris Leslie Plant Hire’s investment programme for 2017. “Keeping the hire fleet as fresh and up to date as possible is key for Morris Leslie Plant Hire and we are proud to have one



of the youngest fleets in the country. All our customers benefit from our reliable, modern, fuel efficient, low emission fleet, fitted with the very latest technology.”


The new machines have been distributed evenly across Morris Leslie Plant Hire’s thirteen branches. Their arrival coincides with the Group’s recent acquisition of four key depots following the demise of Hewden, these being Inverness, Whitehaven, Birmingham and Bedford, with the Bedford depot becoming Morris Leslie’s flagship facility concentrating on the very active northern Home Counties and north London markets.


“The acquisition of these new depots is strategically important to our expansion plans,” comments Graham “and we are pleased to say that we have managed to retain and recruit over 50 employees at all four depots, giving both them and our customers continuity, stability and a sound platform on which we can expand upon,” he continues.


With more machines in prospect, the company will work closely with Volvo Construction Equipment on regular training programmes for its sales and service personnel. “Understanding the machines’ specifications features and benefits is equally as important as having the proper training for our service engineers,” comments Graham “And 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,” he continues.


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 now has thirteen hire depots offering a range of construction equipment focusing on excavators, telehandlers, dumpers & rollers available for non-operated hire, 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, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. 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.