JCB continues North American growth
By Lindsey Anderson07 June 2016
JCB has received its largest single vessel shipment of machines to the Georgia Ports Authority. JCB’s UK facility shipped more than 400 machines worth over $35 million – breaking the previous record the company set in 2015 of 341 machines.
During the next few weeks, JCB will inspect and configure the machines to customer specifications at its North American headquarters in Savannah, before shipping the units to authorized distributors throughout North America.
“The fact that we continue to receive more machines from the UK is indicative of JCB’s continued growth in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” said Ken Bianco, vice president of commercial operations for JCB North America. “While the market for construction and agricultural machines are stagnant or declining in many parts of the world, this particular market remains strong for JCB. Our employees and dealers have worked diligently to increase demand for JCB products. This new shipment will help us fulfil that demand.”
The vessel “Tugela” brought the 400-plus JCB machines directly from the United Kingdom on May 28. While these particular machines were imported, JCB manufactures its full line of 18 model skid steers and compact track loaders, along with the 3CX backhoe at its Savannah headquarters for export across the globe.
“North America has been identified as JCB’s largest potential market for growth,” said Arjun Mirdha, president and chief executive officer of JCB, Inc. “The company has made substantial investments over the past five years to support a support a growing equipment population and to increase market share. Shipments such as the one delivered by Tugela demonstrate JCB’s continued success in building profitable demand for its products across the United States and Canada.
“Working with partners like the Georgia Ports Authority makes it possible for us to continue investing in the communities where we live and work.”