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JCB Celebrates Double Queen’s Awards Honour
21/04/06

JCB’s growing success at exporting heavy equipment is today recognised with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

JCB CELEBRATES DOUBLE QUEEN’S AWARDS HONOUR

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 Achievement.

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