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Kubota and HSS Hire sign landmark agreement

Kubota UK has signed a landmark agreement with HSS Hire Group (“HSS Hire”) to supply its market leading range of mini-excavators and compact construction equipment.

The deal, an industry first between these two major players in the construction plant and hire sector, will initially see 200 Kubota machines available from all forty-plus HSS Hire depots across Greater London. Following this successful trial period in the nation’s Capital, this contract will then be rolled out across HSS Hire’s network of over 300 locations across the UK.

John Gill, CEO at HSS Hire, said: “Mini diggers are really important items of equipment to all our customers and there is clear demand for this type of ‘mini plant hire’ throughout London. We are committed to HSS’ customers having the tools they need, where and when they need them, delivered with seamless customer service. Our partnership with Kubota allows us to do this and we aim to win new and deepen existing customer relationships with the service which is available now.”

Under the partnership, 200 brand new Kubota machines will be available to hire, with next-day delivery guaranteed, from all HSS Hire depots within Greater London. HSS Hire will supply Kubota’s state-of-the-art machines with GPS tracker technology installed as standard, with a 24/7 four-hour breakdown response service also included, providing maximum peace-of-mind and minimum chance of operational downtime for end users. Kubota will also be providing specialist maintenance, co-ordination and troubleshooting under the agreement.

Dave Roberts, Managing Director of Kubota UK, added: “All of us at Kubota are delighted and really grateful to have been chosen as preferred supplier to HSS Hire for mini excavators, and we are excited to be rolling out this new initiative with HSS in the London area over the coming months.

“As major brands, the synergies between our businesses are clear and this has helped forge a strong relationship very quickly during the build up to the launch, which is key to any partnership, and we are confident this will continue to go from strength to strength.

“2016 is proving to be a stellar year for Kubota, with excellent business levels already achieved thanks to customers old and new; not least HSS; and having achieved the milestone sale of our 50,000th mini excavator in the UK & Ireland earlier in 2016, it will certainly be a year to remember for everyone involved with Kubota UK.”

The Kubota excavator models featured within the initial 200 machine deal include 100 x U17-3 (1.5 tonne) zero tail mini excavators, 70 x KX61-3 (2.5 tonne) machines and 30 x K008-3 (1 tonne) micro excavators, offering a wide array of solutions for HSS Hire’s building and landscaping customers within the Capital. The machines will also be available to nationwide firms undertaking contracts within Greater London.

The 1 to 2.5 tonne range of Kubota equipment that HSS Hire has opted for is ideally suited to a wide variety of jobs where space is at a premium, from roadside excavation, to working in back gardens or other areas where access is limited by narrow gates or doorways – with applications including digging foundations, footings, new patios, converting basements, constructing ponds and landscaping.

Leana Horton, Key Account Manager at Kubota UK, commented: “For Kubota UK to enter a business partnership with such a big industry player as HSS Hire is testament to the build quality, performance and reliability of Kubota machines, alongside the high demand for our products within the market place. With the initial 200 machine deal across Greater London having the potential to go nationwide, this is a massive business opportunity for both parties and we will do everything in our power to ensure Kubota’s high service standards and reputation are maintained throughout the trial period and beyond.”

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