TDL leaves Scotland


By Mike Travers


In 2018 Scottish Plant ran an article on how TDL won Europe’s biggest order for Sany excavators.


Multi-franchise dealer TDL is closing its Scottish operation and has stopped selling Sany excavators in the UK with immediate effect.

The Chinese manufacturer recently revealed it was setting up its own UK office and would be looking for additional dealers, a move that would strip TDL Equipment of its exclusivity on the products.

“This change means TDL have had to review how it covers GB and have decided in the best interest of TDL to withdraw selling and supporting this product with immediate effect,” said dealer principal Andrew Taylor (pictured).

“For Scottish customers we have had to make the hard decision to close Coatbridge, this being completed by the end of January. On the back of the Sany decision we have also decided to terminate our current dealership relationships with Genie and Mecalac. We are working with Sany, Genie and Mecalac to support a smooth transition to other dealers.”

TDL’s withdrawal from Scotland comes just three months after it lost the Terex Trucks UK dealership for articulated vehicles to Molson Group.

Taylor continued: “2019 has been a challenging year within the industry. Brexit uncertainties have delayed investment on infrastructure with the knock-on effect that customers are also holding back purchasing capital equipment. Since July, sales of excavators have dropped considerably over previous years’ sales.”

He said TDL would now concentrate on selling Atlas products in the scrap and waste industries across Great Britain.

Read about some of Sany’s Scottish landmarks:

TDL wins Europe’s biggest Sany excavator deal

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 10/1/2020