The machines will be manufactured at JCB’s $100m factory in Brazil, which was opened last September in Sao Paulo, and supplied to Brazil’s Ministry of Agrarian Development. Transmissions and axles will be supplied from the UK by JCB Transmissions in Wrexham, while 12,000 hydraulic cylinders will be exported from JCB’s headquarters at Rocester. DHL Supply Chain is handling the shipments from the UK as part of its five year global contract with JCB for the provision of logistics support for global manufacturing inbound supply and aftermarket.
This latest order comes after JCB Brazil successfully supplied more than 1,000 backhoes last year to the government as part of the first phase of the development of rural roads.
“This is a very important deal for JCB and we are delighted to have secured the tender for a second year running,” said the company’s CEO Alan Blake. “It is huge testament to the quality and versatility of JCB’s backhoe loaders and it is fantastic to win an order of this size as we celebrate 60 years of backhoe loader production this year.”
As part of the deal JCB will also provide training for machine operators as well as maintenance and technical support.
“It is a great honour to have been chosen again to supply another 1,000 backhoes that will be used to improve the infrastructure and services of the smaller municipalities,” said JCB Brazil’s managing director Carlos Hernandez said. “We are really pleased we can contribute to the economic development of Brazil, particularly to support the agricultural sector.”
Last December JCB marked the production of its half millionth backhoe loader and stated that one is produced from a facility every three minutes.
JCB backhoes are manufactured in the UK, India and Brazil and the company sells the product in 120 different countries.