We’re just barely a week into 2017, but JCB is already making headlines, while also ‘rewriting’ history for themselves. The company recently locked in a multi-million dollar contract with the US Army, which will see them manufacture more than 1,600 light-capability rough-terrain lift trucks for the Armed Forces. The massive deal will be one of the biggest single orders in the company’s storied 71-year history and should also solidify their place as one of the most trusted forklift manufacturers in the global market.
“This order is fantastic news for JCB and a great way to start the New Year. It is the second-highest-value order in the company’s history, and I congratulate everyone who has worked to secure this valuable contract in the same year that we mark 40 years of telescopic handler production,” CEO Graeme Mcdonald said.
With nearly one of every three telescopic handlers sold globally being produced by JCB, the U.S. Army will be sure to benefit from a leading commercial design and operational efficiency of each JCB truck. Just as the JCB-built and supplied HMEE revolutionised how the military tackled engineering tasks, the new JCB light capability rough terrain forklift will definitely bolster military logistics capabilities.
JCB will be providing the 527-58M forklift to the Army, which has been engineered from JCB’s range of commercial Loadall telescopic handlers–a machine which has dominated its class for years and is also poised to celebrate its 40th year this 2017. The new 527-58M will be powered by the 84 horsepower (63kW) JCB DieselMax engine produced at JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire, UK.
“We are proud that the U.S. Army has once again chosen JCB and our Savannah-based manufacturing facility to produce an extraordinary piece of specialised equipment. Over the past three decades, JCB has supplied more than 4,000 machines to armed forces in 57 countries, and we have acquired a deep understanding of how the Army uses equipment and the unique features needed,” said Arjun Mirdha, CEO and President of JCB North America.
The deal will follow through JCB’s hight-profile transaction with the US Army back in 2005 when a $206 million order saw the company producing hundreds of high-speed military versions of JCB’s famous backhoe loader.