New base for Bell in region

An office in Bahrain has been opened by dump truck maker Bell Equipment as part of plans to develop in the Middle East.

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An office in Bahrain has been opened by dump truck maker Bell Equipment as part of plans to develop in the Middle East.

The new depot in Bahrain capital city Manama will oversee marketing, sales, service and support of Bell dealers in 11 Middle East countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The firm has already established a network of dealerships and commercial partners across the Middle East to assist in articulated dump truck (ADT) sales. Customers also have the backing of a dedicated parts depot based in Bahrain, which is managed by an in-house product and after-sales support team.

Neville Paynter, managing director of Bell Equipment UK, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Bell. The decision to develop Bell's ADT market in the Middle East comes at a time when the region is embarking upon an unprecedented level of large construction projects.

"Our intention is to show potential customers that Bell can not only supply strong, reliable and highly efficient machines, but that a huge part of our strategic planning is ensuring we can provide our customers with the best after-sales service and support in the industry."

Bell Equipment has appointed South African Kevin Rock as its new business development manager based at the Bahrain office. He is now responsible for Bell's commercial activities in the Middle East.

Rock, who has spent the last three years in Saudi Arabia working for transport and logistics firm Arabian Hala, said that Bell machines were particularly suited to quarrying, mining and construction operations in the Middle East.

"Bell ADTs are so well-built that they can withstand an awful lot of punishment under the more extreme conditions we have in the region," he said. "It's not unusual for machines to be operated 24 hours a day out here - mostly in very hot and dusty conditions - so it's imperative that the trucks are extremely robust.

"Also, given the number of on-going large-scale projects in the Middle East, Bell is in the enviable position of being able to offer its flagship 50-tonne B50D - which is still the biggest production ADT in the world."

The news comes just weeks after the same firm announced plans to expand its network over Africa.

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