JCB’s growing success at exporting heavy equipment is today
recognised with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
The honours – in the International Trade category - are
bestowed on JCB Earthmovers, of Cheadle, Staffordshire and JCB
Heavy Products, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The Awards acknowledge
substantial growth in overseas sales in existing and new markets
for products made by the two companies.
The news was today greeted with delight by the 600 employees who
work at the two factories where special Queen’s Awards flags
will now be flown with pride.
JCB Earthmovers manufactures a range of 28 wheeled loading shovels
and three articulated dump trucks with an additional model due
to be launched this year. Exports of the products increased by
76 per cent between 2003 and 2005, with North America being the
biggest single market.
JCB Heavy Products manufactures a range of 53 wheeled and tracked
excavators ranging from 7 to 46 tonnes. Exports increased by 87
per cent between 2003 and 2005, with new markets established in
the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe.
JCB Managing Director and CEO John Patterson said: “These
two Queen’s Awards are a tremendous honour for JCB and all
the employees involved in manufacturing and selling our heavy equipment.
“JCB’s range of tracked and wheeled excavators, wheeled
loading shovels and articulated dump trucks have established a
formidable reputation for performance, innovation and excellent
engineering around the world.
“We are enjoying success with these heavy equipment ranges
not only in established markets, but in new territories as well,
which is testimony to the quality of the products.”
The double honour now means the JCB Group has received a total
of 18 Queen’s Awards – the first being in 1969 when
the company received a Queen’s Award to Industry for Export
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