JCB ANNOUNCES $500,000 DONATION OF KIT TO PHILIPPINES DISASTER

British digger maker JCB today responded
to the Filipino typhoon disaster with the news that machines and generators
worth more than $500,000 are to be provided to assist in the aftermath
of the catastrophe.

The company is sending a fleet of
three 3CX backhoe loaders to help in the clear up operations following
Typhoon Haiyan which was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded
on land and which has left up to 2,500 people dead. In addition more than
120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company’s
Filipino dealer Camec.

The generators are already being used
to power community buildings, including hospitals and local authority premises.
The JCB backhoes will be deployed in clear up operations in the province
of Tacloban City.

JCB has a long history of helping
countries affected by major natural disasters and this is the second time
the company has sent aid to the Philippines. In 2006 JCB sent a fleet of
3CX backhoe loaders after Typhoon Reming hit the Bicol region, destroying
much of the infrastructure.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said:
“The human suffering and scenes of devastation in the Philippines have
been heart-rending and I hope JCB’s contribution to the relief effort
will help, in some small way, those who are bearing the brunt of this disaster.
One of the main challenges facing rescue workers is clearing roads in the
affected areas and the JCB backhoe is exactly the right machine for the
job of removing debris.”

The versatile JCB backhoe loader is
the ideal machine for disaster situations thanks to its front shovel which
can be used as a bulldozer and rear excavator that not only be used to
dig emergency drains, but also to crane heavy objects. Crucially, the machine
can get from site to site under its own steam with no need for additional
transport.

JCB Power Products offers a comprehensive
range of 170 different of generators ranging from 1kVA to 3300 kVA in both
diesel and petrol powered configurations. The generators despatched to
the disaster zone are all small petrol models which can be carried easily
by two people. They are ideal for powering medical equipment, fridges and
microwaves as appliances can simply be plugged into the generator.

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