Big platform expansion at AFI

By Euan Youdale03 November 2016

AFI’s Super-Set investment includes purchasing two further JLG Ultra 1350 SJP booms.

AFI’s Super-Set investment includes purchasing two further JLG Ultra 1350 SJP booms.

AFI has purchased 12 large aerial work platforms in a £2million investment.

The new additions to UK-based AFI’s Super-Set fleet are six JLG booms, three Holland Lift scissors and three JLG scissors. Working heights range from 20m to 47.7m, with the biggest machine being a JLG 1500SJ. This brings AFI’s fleet of large machines to over 80 units.

Steve Williams, AFI managing director (MEWPs) said: “The purchase of these machines brings two key benefits for our customers. Firstly it meets an increasing customer demand for larger machines for use in applications such as steelwork and signage erection, high level repair maintenance and new build, and secondly it further ensures that the average age of our hire fleet is only 4.5 years. Keeping our fleet modern brings further advantages – for example less than 1% of all the thousands of machines that we hire out experience a breakdown.”

In a further move to highlight its increasing focus on large MEWPs, AFI has appointed Chris Hartley to develop its large machine hires and Alan Davies to co-ordinate operational aspects of a hire.

Hartley joined AFI at the beginning of 2016 in sales support. He previously worked in a telesales lead generating role. Davies is no stranger to AFI – in a previous spell with the company he was operations controller at its Liverpool depot.

The company says it has invested more than £50 million in its fleet over the last three years.

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