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Tuesday 16 January 2018

JCB seal deal to supply 1,000 backhoe loaders to Brazil

Derek Casey

Derek Casey

JCB has won a massive order for more than 1,000 of its iconic backhoe loaders in a deal which is designed to transform the rural economy of Brazil.

Brazil's ministry of agrarian development has signed a tender for the JCB backhoes worth more than €48m.

The landmark order for the 3C machines comes as the company marks 60 years of backhoe loader production.

The 1,000 machines will be delivered throughout 2013 and put straight to work improving rural roads to ensure food produced for sale gets to market much quicker.

While the machines will be manufactured at JCB's new factory opened last year in Sao Paulo, the deal will also bring huge benefits to JCB's British plants.

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Transmissions and axles will be supplied by JCB Transmissions in Wrexham and 12,000 hydraulic cylinders by JCB's World HQ at Rocester.

A third of all farms in Brazil are family enterprises in remote areas of the country where the road network needs to be upgraded.

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The purchase of the machines is to facilitate that development and help meet federal government growth plans.

In Brazil there are more than 400,000 family farms and the machines will be used in more than 1,000 municipalities in small cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants.

As part of the deal JCB will also provide training for machine operators as well as maintenance and technical support.

Irish Independent