Copart UK, the global leader in online vehicle remarketing, are looking to the future for its customers with a substantial purchase of new JCB vehicle loaders as part of the ongoing investment into their logistical capabilities.
Copart has recently placed a build order for 42 JCB loaders in readiness for winter 2020 and is planning to double this number to support further customer demand into 2021. These loaders are critical in safely moving customer vehicles across Copart’s vast storage centres.
As a result, Copart is working closely on a build schedule with Watling JCB Limited – one of the largest JCB sole franchises in the world and specialists in construction and industrial machinery – to ensure the productivity gains and vehicle handling efficiencies are in place for that future demand.
These plans complement Copart’s investment earlier this year in acquiring 150 new DAF and Volvo based purpose-built multi-car transporters used to pick up, deliver and move their customer’s vehicles across any part of the UK. The Copart branded transporters begin to come into service this spring with the full 150 on the road by the autumn of 2021. These new transporters, a combination of replacements and additional trucks, bring Copart’s total owned UK wide logistics fleet to over 400 providing their customers with access to the single most expansive salvage fleet in the country.
Phil Briggs, Director of Operations Centres, Transport & Engineering said:
“As always, we are determined not to stand still. We continually strive to improve what we do for our customers, it’s in the Copart DNA, and even during these unprecedented times we are focused on ‘driving’ the business forward, and our vehicle fleet is key to that ambition.
This significant investment in new JCB loaders will not only enable us to handle increasing volumes of vehicles as we head into our customers’ busy winter period but will also support both their and our future needs as we bring online new Operations Centres.”
Richard Barker, Sales Manager – Heavyline, Waste & Recycling at Watling JCB Ltd, added:
“Watling JCB Ltd have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Copart dating back to 2007 and following the next major investment of JCB 417 Wheeled Loaders the relationship has been cemented with service agreements for the Copart Fleet.
“It’s a real pleasure to support a highly professional operation and we maintain our commitment to Copart in the current challenging times we are all in. The recent orders from Copart are a welcome sign of a strong company investing for the long term and further strengthens our commitment to support their business.”
The new loaders, which will be deployed across Copart’s 15 UK wide Operations Centres, are just one strand of Copart’s overall strategic investment plans in their operational capabilities.
Alongside the unique technologies they develop and land ownership they hold, this combination clearly demonstrates Copart’s determination to re-invest and continuously improve their customer offering.