Johnson Arabia goes on major fleet expansion with new eco-friendly equipment
19 Sept 2022
Rental giant inducts new 450t Liebherr all-terrain crane and several new JLG electric scissor and boom lifts, with some models new to the region, along with MAN tractors
Regional rental giant Johnson Arabia has announced a big expansion in its equipment fleet, inducting units in categories such as cranes and access equipment, while also including green equipment.
The company said in a statement that “this summer came with a lot of surprises” for its team as business growth led to the addition of the new equipment to its fleet “to enhance the customer service and experience”.
Johnson Arabia added that the new equipment “is also in line with the current needs of having environmentally conscious machinery for projects that are trying to get LEED accreditation”.
In the recent expansion drive, the access machines that the company has invested in include the JLG R1932, R2632, R3246 and R4045 electric scissor lifts; the JLG 450AJ, 660SJ, 860SJ, 1200SJP boom lifts; as well as equipment which is new to the region, like the JLG EC600, EC450 and EC520 - electric booms with long battery life and the capability of a diesel equivalent coming in shortly.
Also among Johnson Arabia’s new acquisitions is a Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 all-terrain crane, along with two MAN tractors.
Martin Kirby, managing director, Johnson Arabia, said: “As market leaders, we constantly evaluate what our clients are hiring on a larger scale from us and what will have long-term benefit to our fleet - and that is why we have decided to invest in so many new machines.”
Joe Keely, executive manager for AWPs, added: “As Dubai moved towards a more sustainable approach, a lot of our clients were becoming conscious of emissions generated and we found electrical AWPs were being sent out a lot more, so we had to ensure we improved our existing fleet to meet the market needs.”
The AWP fleet expansion, which included new machinery like the E600, EC450 AND EC 520, was easily facilitated thanks to Johnson Arabia’s long-standing relationship with JLG.
The purchase of the Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 crane, which was facilitated by Adrighem, was also made for a similar reason of efficiency in addition to its 85m main boom that enables better lifts.
Mohammad Fareed, crane executive manager, added: “We are pleased with our 450t Liebherr which has ECOmode so that the mobile crane’s fuel consumption is reduced by up to 10 per cent in addition to its massive lifting capabilities.”
Johnson Arabia said that the crane was acquired with a long-standing partnership through Adrighem “because they are pioneers in large crane supply and hold a vast equipment inventory that they manage from their headquarters in the Netherlands”. With the new terminal in Vlaardingen, they are strategically located for global maritime shipping as well as storage so they can work on acquiring and shipping equipment easily.
Moreover, the two MAN tractors that were added to the fleet of existing trucks will also allow Johnson Arabia to have more control over the logistics and transportation of its equipment, whereby the company will have full control over equipment delivery times and help service clients better with no external delay.
According to Johnson Arabia, it is “very evident” from its recent investments that the company has always evolved with market needs to provide its clients the best service - from a fleet of spider cranes in 2021 to new electric AWPs now and eco mode enabled cranes for sustainability.