Scotia Plant closes…


…and TDL will move in


By Mike Travers


Doosan dealer Scotia Plant will close its doors next week after its Northern Ireland owner pulled the plug on the Scottish operation.

Parent company Ballyvesey Holdings declined to comment today (Wednesday) but Scottish Plant understands the territory covered by Scotia will be split between existing Doosan dealers Balgownie Ltd of Inverurie and James Gordon Ltd of Castle Douglas in a move that will see the two extend their reach south and north respectively.

The Scotia closure comes just five months after Doosan switched its south of Scotland construction equipment dealership to Gordons. That territory was previously held by Lloyd Ltd, the Carlisle-headquartered multi-franchise business. Doosan declined to comment at the time on the reasons for the change.

Scotia, which recently lost the franchise for the Doosan-owned Bobcat equipment to Ayrshire company John H. McNae, also distributes Terex dumpers and compaction equipment.

A Doosan UK spokesman said details on the dealership changes would be issued soon. A Ballyvesey representative said: “We don’t talk to the press.”

Meanwhile, TDL Equipment, the dealer for SANY excavators and Atlas materials handlers, has confirmed it will take over Scotia’s premises in the New Year.

TDL has been racking up sales in Scotland with SANY excavators.

Andrew Taylor, general manager, told Scottish Plant: “With increasing demand and recent high-profile success stories for the SANY range of excavators and Atlas material handlers, coupled with exciting plans for growth across Scotland, TDL Equipment are gearing up for a big 2018, kicking off the year with a move to new premises in Coatbridge.”

Currently based at the Terex Trucks facility in Newhouse, TDL said the move would allow the business to strengthen its support to Scottish customers by offering parts sales, increased product stocking and greater service support.

TDL is also the UK distributor for Terex Trucks; Atlas wheeled excavators, wheeled loaders and railroad excavators; and Genie telehandlers.



Article posted 14/12/2017

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