Posts Tagged ‘JCB’


Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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

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.


Monday, September 30th, 2013

JCB TM180 and TM220

A package of upgrades ensures that
the JCB TM180 and TM220 compact telescopic wheeled loaders continue to
punch above their weight. The main change is the switch to the sophisticated
JCB Diesel by Kohler engine which provides more power and torque, as well
as lower running costs and cleaner emissions. This Stage IIIB/Tier 4 2.5-litre
engine meets the next stage of emissions regulations without the need for
a diesel particulate filter or external exhaust after treatment, in line
with the innovative JCB Ecomax engine, which is fitted into machines spanning
the 74hp to173 hp range.

Other changes include a re-designed
rear chassis that allows towing – up to 3.5 tonnes – for the first time,
and the introduction of a high-speed option for the TM180 that increases
top speed from 20kph to 35kph for quicker travel between sites. The TM220
already has a 40kph top speed option.

Off-road, the new option of a 100%
locking front differential on both machines adds to their traction potential.

Handling performance is already competitive
so remains unchanged. The TM180 lifts 1800kg to a full-height of 4.5m when
measured with pallet forks and it can handle more than a tonne with the
telescopic boom level and fully extended – useful real-world performance.

If more handling muscle is needed,
then the TM220 fits the bill with 2200kg maximum lift to about the same
height and 1250kg fully out-stretched to off-load a trailer of fertiliser
bags or place silage into a feeder.

However, boom end-damping, adaptive
load control to guard against forwards instability and a choice of three
quickhitches add to the comfort, safety and versatility of these machines.
Changes beneath the surface are highlighted by a new joystick control with
range-shift button and a more informative new instrument cluster in the
cab, as well as fresh styling for the counterweight and engine cover.

It is beneath the engine cover that
the biggest change is evident – a 2.5-litre direct injection JCB Diesel
by Kohler 2504 TCR engine now powers both machines, with Euro Stage 3B
/ US Tier 4 Interim emissions achieved without exhaust after-treatment.

The TM180 gains a useful 4.3% increase
in power to 48kW (65hp). Power output for the TM220 is unchanged at 56kW
(75hp) but the engine’s common rail fuel injection, four-valve cylinder
head and sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation combine to generate 20%
more torque: 300Nm at 1500rpm with almost 90% still available at just 1000rpm.

Low oil consumption and 500-750 hour
oil filter intervals (subject to operating conditions) will help keep running
costs of these versatile loaders in check.

JCB Farm Master 413S Agri

Increased engine and hydraulic power
for added performance, plus an all-new cabin that will make life more comfortable
for the operator, are key features of the new JCB Farm Master 413S Agri
wheeled loader.

Performance gets a shot in the arm
with a 12% increase in peak power and 3% gain in peak torque by upgrading
from the 4.4-litre JCB Dieselmax to the new 4.8-litre JCB Ecomax engine
with 108kW (145hp) and 550Nm torque.

In the hydraulics department, the
twin gear pump installation of the outgoing 412S model has been replaced
by a load-sensing variable output piston pump with 23% more output at 156-litres/min.
It also brings fuel-saving potential and less wear and tear by delivering
only as much oil as the machine needs.

Introducing electro-hydraulic proportional
control for the auxiliary valves means that the third and fourth spools
can be controlled at the same time, and the new constant flow options equips
the 413S to power attachments such as a sweeping brush and snow blower.

A high lift option giving 6% more
load-over height than standard will be welcomed by operators filling high-sided
trailers and bio-energy feedstock bunkers.

The most striking change, however,
is the new styling and cab, which bring practical improvements as well
as giving the machine a sleeker, more modern appearance that will appeal
to professional operators. The cab is significantly larger, quieter and
more comfortable, with a new instrument display set in front of the driver
providing more useful information. Optional climate control air conditioning
has been added to automatically maintain a comfortable temperature.

Visibility to the rear is better thanks
to the compact, sloping engine cover, and the glazing should stay cleaner
now that the chassis-mounted mudguards fully cover all tyre sizes. With
service items more accessible on the JCB Ecomax engine, looking after the
new JCB Farm Master 413S Agri will be an easier experience.


Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The world’s biggest JCB dealer depot
has officially opened its doors for business after a £6 million investment
designed to accelerate growth in one of the company’s most important markets.

Stroykomplekt (SKL) is the JCB dealer
in Ekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city and home to 1.3 million
people. From its base, the company covers a vast area of almost 7 million
km² (2.7 million square miles) and in the past seven years has seen a 10-fold
increase in sales. SKL’s new facility covers 3,500m² and has a showroom
for 25 machines as well as an impressive parts and service operation.

The honour of officially opening the
new premises fell to JCB CEO Alan Blake who described Russia “as one of
the jewels in the crown of JCB’s global sales regions.”

“Almost one in four machines sold
in Russia is made by JCB”, Alan Blake said. “This success could not have
been achieved without excellent dealers; dealers with vision; dealers who
are prepared to invest and dealers with ambition. And this is what we have
with Stroykomplekt.

“By investing £6 million in new premises
Stroykomplekt has demonstrated not only a commitment to providing excellent
service support but also great ambition to grow their business. The opening
of this fantastic new building sets the standard for others to follow.”

JCB sold its first machine in Russia
- a backhoe loader – in 1979 as part of the build-up to the Moscow Olympics.
Today the company sells a wide range of other equipment in the country
including tracked and wheeled excavators, telescopic handlers, mini excavators,
wheeled loading shovels and skid steer loaders.

Across Russia and the CIS JCB’s dealers
have a network of 70 depots with another six opening this year.


Monday, August 26th, 2013

A fleet of eight 20-tonne JS200 crawler excavators has been bought by a construction company and put to work one of the biggest ever highway projects in the Caribbean.

Construction company Construtura OAS has purchased the machines and pressed them into service on the US$7.5 billion Solomon Hochoy highway extension project in Trinidad and Tobago. They have been bought from JCB’s distributor in Trinidad & Tobago, FT Farfan.

The customer, a division of the OAS Group, has a fleet of more than 150 JCB machines in its domestic market of Brazil, and the level of service and back-up provided by JCB and its dealer network has played an important role in this latest purchase.

Construtura OAS has been awarded several sections of the highway contract and the company decided that because the contract was due to last for around five years, that it was more economical to purchase equipment outright rather than to hire in excavators from local companies.

JCB Dealer FT Farfan, a member of the Bryden Group, has supplied the fleet with full service contracts for the first three years of ownership. Farfan will provide OAS with 24/7 emergency support, as well as carrying out all regular maintenance on the contract.

The Solomon Hochoy Highway is the major north-south highway in Trinidad and Tobago, connecting Chaguanas with San Fernando. Originally built as a two-lane road in the early 1970s, it was expanded to a four-lane highway later in the decade. The Ministry of Works and Transport is now undertaking the project to extend the road to Point Fortin.

The project will include a new section of four-lane highway from St Mary’s Junction to Point Fortin, a four-lane highway from Golconda to the Siparia area, a four-lane section from the Siparia area to Point Fortin with a two-lane road connection to La Brea, and the creation of four lanes on the existing South Trunk Road from Gulf City to Paria Suites.

One of the biggest construction businesses in Brazil, Construtura OAS is no stranger to large infrastructure projects and already carries out major works throughout Latin America, with current contracts in Haiti, Columbia and the Dominican Republic. This is the firm’s first project in Trinidad though. OAS has dealt with JCB dealers in a number of countries as well as in its native Brazil.


Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A JCB farm loader stolen by thieves
in the UK was traced and recovered less than 24 hours later in Holland
after an international police pursuit – thanks to JCB’s LiveLink tracking
The TM320 articulated wheeled loader
- with a value of around £75,000 – was taken from the premises of JCB dealer
Cotswold Farm Machinery in Cheltenham, sparking a hunt by police forces
in four countries. However, the machine was fitted with JCB’s telematics
system LiveLink so during the pursuit, staff in the security control room
at JCB’s World HQ at Rocester were able to provide international police
forces with live updates of the loader’s precise location.
The machine was tracked initially at
Dover and then through France and Belgium as it was transported on a curtain-sided
lorry. It was eventually recovered nearly 400 miles from its original destination
and the driver of the lorry arrested after police put in place a road block
near to Rossum on the Dutch/German border.


Friday, July 26th, 2013

JCB today announced that it had won
one of the biggest single orders in its history after securing a deal for
900 machines worth more than £53 million from leading UK plant hirer Fork
The deal for Loadall telescopic handlers
cements Ipswich-based Fork Rent’s position as the UK’s biggest hirer
of the product and with the most modern fleet of this type of machine.
The machines are manufactured at JCB’s World HQ at Rocester, Staffordshire
and all are to be delivered during 2013..
Fork Rent Chairman Guy Nicholls said:
“Fork Rent and JCB have a great working relationship that spans over 25
years and that enables us to provide our customers with the latest technology
and most highly specified machines. This latest investment in new plant
delivers on our commitment to offer customers the highest level of service
back up in our industry, reliability and peace of mind.”
The deal will also mean that Fork
Rent becomes the first major plant hire company to buy the new JCB 540-200
Loadall, Europe’s highest-reach rigid frame telescopic handler, capable
of reaching a height of 20 metres. Fork Rent is adding the 540-200
model to its fleet as part of its commitment to offer customers the most
innovative and productive equipment available in the market. Many of these
machines are fitted with JCB’s new and unique Ecomax Tier 4 Interim/Stage
IIIB engines manufactured at JCB’s engine factory in Foston, Derbyshire.
Guy Nicholls added: “Fork Rent strives
to be at the cutting edge of developments in the materials handling industry.
As the first company to invest in JCB 540-200s, we can rightly claim to
be reaching new heights in our industry with these machines. With fuel-efficient
JCB Ecomax engines under the bonnet, customers can also look forward to
lower fuel costs as well as exceptional reach. We are also proud to have
bought more JCB telehandlers than any other UK company.”
The JCB Ecomax engine meets Tier 4
Interim / Stage IIIB/ emissions standards without using costly diesel particulate
filters (DPFs) or exhaust after-treatment fluids, such as AdBlue. The benefits
for customers include better visibility from the cab, lower servicing costs
and improved day-to-day running costs, with Ecomax-powered JCB Loadalls
using 7% less fuel compared with outgoing models.
Fork Rent purchased its first JCB
machine in 1987, and since then, the company has invested in more than
5,500 JCB machines through JCB dealer Watling JCB. The company now offers
the full range of JCB telescopic handlers from the ultra-compact JCB 515-40
right through to the high-reach JCB 540-200.
JCB’s UK & Ireland Sales Director
Dan Thompstone said: “Fork Rent’s reputation for investing in modern
and up-to-date machines is well known across the industry. JCB’s reputation
for innovation in construction equipment is equally well-known. So we’re
delighted that Fork Rent is investing in machines that will deliver meaningful
benefits to their customers, with fuel-efficient JCB Ecomax engines for
lower running costs and 540-200 models offering much higher reach.”
With a lift capacity of four tonnes,
the new JCB 540-200 – which has a lift height of three metres greater
than its nearest JCB rival – was designed with the customer firmly in
mind. With faster cycle times, it will set a new benchmark for productivity
and satisfy a growing demand from customers for increased lift heights
and better forward reach capabilities.
Fork Rent Plc, the UK’s largest privately
owned self drive plant hire company, has a fleet of over 3000 machines
including JCB backhoe loaders, compact excavators, large excavators, dumpers,
access equipment and utility vehicles, in addition to a significant fleet
of the highest specified Loadall telescopic handlers


Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The company – which currently has 11
plants in the UK and 11 overseas and is the world’s third largest manufacturer
of construction equipment – is creating a new logistics hub on land next
to the A500 in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The facility will open in the environmentally-friendly
Blue Planet warehouse on the Chatterley Valley site. JCB has agreed a long-term
lease for the building and has been conditionally offered £2.9 million
from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to support job creation on
the site and to provide training programmes. In addition, the company has
also signed an option to purchase an adjacent 7.7 acres of land from Newcastle
Borough Council to facilitate future expansion.
The distribution hub will be commissioned
this month and by the end of the year will employ around 60 people. Employment
levels are expected to rise to more than 300 people once the facility becomes
fully operational in the next two years.


Friday, June 21st, 2013

JCB has launched a new version
of the UK’s most popular high performance wheeled loader to put greater
productivity in the hands of larger farms and contractors. The JCB Farm
Master 435S Agri builds on the success of its predecessor – the 434S Agri
– as the industry’s first heavy class wheeled loader built exclusively
for agricultural applications.
Like its predecessor, the new 4.2-tonne
payload Farm Master 435S Agri is powered by a 6.7-litre Cummins QSB six-cylinder
engine but with catalyst and particle filtration exhaust after-treatment
technologies to meet European Stage 3B emissions rules.
It also has a variable geometry turbo
generating increased performance at lower engine speeds. Peak outputs are
unchanged at 230hp and 945 Nm torque, so the machine’s unrivalled power-to-weight
ratio of 16.8hp/tonne, which gives it agile silage clamp climbing performance, remains uncompromised.
The new Powerinch feature disengages
the clutch when full engine speed is required at low ground speed for optimum
loader tear-out and lift. On the road, the transmission gearing provides a 48kph top speed
Operators get to enjoy a quieter working
environment in the new cab, where maximum noise level is down to just 70
dB(A). Climate control air conditioning with increased ventilation and
air recirculation is a new alternative to the standard system and an Actimo
XXL luxury air suspension seat is introduced as an option for best comfort through a busy working day.
Essential specs – JCB 435S Agri
•    Payload/lift
height: 4200kg / 3.61m
•    Engine:
6.7-litre, 6cyl Cummins QSB Tier 3B with auto low-speed idle (700rpm)
•    Power/torque:
230hp max; 945Nm
•    Transmission:
6×3 auto powershift with torque converter lock-up and Powerinch low-speed
auto clutch
•    Axles:
4wd with open, limited slip or auto locking front, LSD rear differentials
•    Hydraulics:
Dual variable displacement, load-sensing piston pumps; 264-litre/min max
•    Weight


Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

HUNDREDS of JCB employees today joined in the celebrations to mark the production of the company’s one millionth machine – enough diggers to stretch from the UK to Australia.

The landmark is being marked in vivid style with the whole of the glass frontage of the World HQ at Rocester, Staffordshire, UK, being encased in a graphic wrap marking the achievement. The picture covers an area of more than 900m² and a total of 207 windows have each been individually covered with a section of the print – evolving like a giant jigsaw puzzle over a total of 50 hours as five people pieced it together.
Nestled behind the glass in the reception area is the actual one millionth machine, a 22 tonne JS220 tracked excavator in shimmering silver. Staggeringly, if all of the one million machines made by JCB were laid out end-to-end they would stretch from the UK to Australia.

JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “It’s taken JCB more than 67 years to produce its millionth machine. Incredibly, one third of those machines has been produced in the last six years. Reaching the million milestone is the result of a huge effort by the JCB team past and present and it’s an achievement everyone can be justifiably proud of. Given our continuing growth, JCB’s two millionth machine will be produced in considerably less time.”

More than 2,500 JCB dealers and customers will be joining in the celebrations in the next five weeks as the company embarks on the next phase of its global growth programme by staging the biggest ever product conference in its 67-year history. The event in Staffordshire is showcasing all the latest machines in JCB’s construction, agricultural and industrial ranges.

JCB CEO Alan Blake added: “The global dealer and customer conference is the biggest in JCB’s history and unveiling our latest product innovations to delegates, will be a key driver for our future growth. Given the scale of the event, JCB’s investment in this conference is also providing a very positive spin off for the local and regional economy.”

During the conference JCB will demonstrate more than 100 of its innovative machines as well as present technical details on their features and benefits. Over the period of the conference JCB has booked a total of 4,700 hotel room nights for delegates from almost 130 countries.


Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A JCB 3C backhoe loader is carrying out dramatic mountainside road repairs on a dilapidated stretch of highway in the Venezuelan Andes.

The JCB machine is one of six JCB 3C backhoe loaders recently purchased by civil engineering firm Construcciones y Asfalto Andes C.A. which specialises in road construction and asphalt work. They join a JC330 tracked excavator and a JCB 456ZX wheeled loading shovel in the fleet.

One of the 3C models is working alongside the brand new JS330 on a major road repair project. The machines are operating on the edge of a steep valley, reinstating eroded sections of a 40km stretch of the Carretera Nacional Meridas Barinas Troncal 1 highway that runs from Apartaderos in Merida state to La Raya on the border of Barinas state.

All the machines were supplied by JCB’s Venezuelan dealer – Meta – which is based in the capital city, Caracas. Construcciones y Asfalto Andes is one of Meta’s leading customers with a relationship dating back to 1990.