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JCB Present their
Intermat innovations
at a special event in
La Manga, Spain


At a special event in La Manga, Spain where it was unseasonably cold and wet, JCB presented to trade press editors from across Europe, their new products to be shown at Intermat. However, as with many companies, JCB will undoubtedly be holding something back for a special show-time reveal.

Alan Blake, CEO of JCB The event started with presentations by various JCB representatives. The first being Alan Blake, CEO of JCB (right) who said that despite of the economic conditions, the group as a whole had seen growth of 18% over the previous year, and sent out a positive outlook for the future with massive investments in plant and facilities.

These include a new $100 million purpose-built factory in Brazil to manufacture backhoe loaders and large excavators. In recent years, the company’s investments have included the $63 million JCB Heavy Products factory in Uttoxeter, UK; the new $11 million JCB Attachments factory also in Uttoxeter and the $57 million extension to its Backhoe Loader plant in New Delhi, India, which is now the largest backhoe loader factory anywhere in the world; $40 million new skidsteer facility in the USA.

The company, which has been recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Technology and Export Achievement in the UK, no fewer than 26 times, has also increased market share for backhoe loaders and telescopic handlers up to 45% and 28% respectively.

Contractors_World_International_Tim Burnhope (left), in his new position, as Chief Innovation Officer   Tim Burnhope (left), in his new position, as Chief Innovation Officer. The role being to oversee future development of the entire range of over 300 models to ensure that JCB products continue to deliver innovative solutions that offer high productivity and low cost of ownership. Tim has been with JCB for over 12 years and was previously Group Managing Director for Product Development And Commercial Operations.

  Contractors_World_International_vIt was Tim’s job, aided by Mick Mohan, (right) Group Engineering Director, to present the latest innovations from JCB which visitors to Intermat 2012 will see for the first time. These include new excavators, telescopic handlers, skid steer and compact track loaders, backhoe-loaders, mini-excavators and a new attachments for telescopic handlers that take JCB into the access market. Telehandlers are already recognised for their versatility on building sites and in agriculture. The ability to use them for access significantly extends the opportunities for new applications. This option will undoubtedly appeal torental/hire companies as it has the potential to increase utilisation.

Some 100 journalists from across Europe wrapped up warm on a cold and rainy day at La Manga Spain where JCB presented their Intermat products.Some of the 100 journalists from across Europe wrapped up warm on a cold and rainy day at La Manga Spain where JCB presented their Intermat products.

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