JCB starts UK production of new dumpers

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JCB has confirmed it is to start production in the UK of a range of new dumpers with high levels of safety.

The first of the vehicles to roll off the company’s production line at its global headquarters will be the Hi-Viz model.

Last year, JCB announced its intention to manufacture its own range of the popular machine and 70 new jobs will be created in the Rocester, Staffordshire, area of England over the next 12 months as production ramps up.

Another of the vehicles to be built will be the 7-tonne payload 7T-1 Front Tip aimed at addressing the growing industry concerns over accidents and serious injuries involving site dumpers on construction sites.

The entire range of nine vehicles meets latest safety regulations including ISO 5006:2017 and EN474.

JCB Site Dumper managing director Richard Butler said, “We are delighted that manufacturing is underway in the UK for a brand-new range of JCB site dumpers, which will bring new levels of safety to the market through innovation.

“Reaction to the launch of this new range has been exceptional and customers can look forward to seeing the 7- and 3-tonne models on the JCB stand at the Executive Hire Show (Coventry, UK) in February.”

The JCB 7T-1 Front Tip Hi-Viz model features a reduced skip height and unique design which delivers huge improvements in visibility, while a longer wheelbase and lower center of gravity boosts stability.

Operator protection is assured through a ROPS/FOPS Level II JCB Sitesafe cab, which incorporates an integrated protection system, potentially allowing the operator to remain in the cab while being loaded.

January 26, 2018

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