The aerial lift and telehandler division of Chinese equipment manufacturer XCMG has appointed Genesis Equipment Sales, a new company within the Ballyvesey Holdings group, as its sole distributor for the UK.

The new company will hold a substantial inventory of new XCMG equipment and provide product support from four regional hubs in England – one in the midlands, one in the North one on the east side of London and one in the south west. The two companies will launch their new partnership at Vertikal Days in Peterborough on May 10th, with the first stock units are due to arrive over the next week or two, and a large number of additional units due to arrive over the following months.

XCMG Genesis

(L-R) Eden Qiao of XCMG, Mark Kennedy of Genesis, along with Hans Aarse and Edwin van der Laar of XCMG

Genesis will be overseen by rental and construction industry veteran Mark Kennedy who has worked with Ballyvesey Holdings since 2018 as managing director of Contract Plant Rental, and more recently TDL Equipment, having previously spent seven years with UK rental company LLynch. Genesis will operate as a standalone business but have access the extensive Ballyvesey group resources. The company is in the process of recruiting experienced industry staff and will shortly announce some senior appointments.

Speaking of the new partnership Kennedy said: “We are excited to introduce Genesis Equipment Sales as a new player in the UK access equipment market. Our partnership with XCMG, will allow us to offer a wide range of powered access equipment to our customers. Our focus is on providing the best possible service to our customers. We understand that businesses require access equipment that is both reliable and efficient, and we are committed to delivering just that.”

Mark Kennedy signs the new distribution agreement, with Hans Aarse

Edwin van der Laar, XCMG’s European sales director – aerial lifts, added: “We are proud to start this new journey with the Ballyvesey group and we trust that Genesis Equipment Sales will drive our brand to a higher level in the UK access industry. The foundation of our partnership is built on two strong organisations, a great team of professionals, high quality products, tailor made financial solutions, and flexibility to adapt to local market requirements.”

“Over the past 12 months, the first booms have found their way onto construction sites in the UK, and the feedback has been very positive. Last but not least, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Elite Access for all their excellent support over the past year, and we look forward to continuing working closely together for after sales support in the UK.”

the 186ft XCMG XGS58 E will be on display at the XCMG/Genesis stand at Vertikal Days

XCMG European business development director Hans Aarse said: “Our agreement with Genesis is the outcome of a very challenging period over the past 12 months, as we looked to define our definite route to market in the UK. Several rental companies have tried our products, and provided a very positive response, which a growing number of companies approaching us to do business with them. Which has stressed the need to provide the commercial and technical support levels that the market justifies. We are convinced that Genesis Equipment Sales, being a fully owned subsidiary of Ballyvesey Holdings, will more than achieve that. We will, of course support their activities from our warehouses in The Netherlands where we maintain an average inventory of more than 500 units ready for rapid delivery.”

Privately owned Ballyvesey Holdings owns numerous dealerships in the construction and waste handling equipment markets, including Genie dealer Sleator Plant in Ireland, along with Norwest Plant and TDL Equipment in the UK. Established in 1970, the group has built a diverse business centred around transport, logistics, truck and commercial vehicle distribution, aftersales support, trailer manufacturing and construction equipment sales and rental to name a few, along with property rental and development. Revenues are in the region of £800 million, while the company has is very strong financially.