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UK multinational JCB has started 2017 by winning one of the biggest single orders in its 71-year history – a $142 million deal to supply the United States Army with a huge fleet of machines.

The company announced the US Army is to take delivery of more than 1,600 light-capability rough terrain forklifts for deployment on tasks around the world including loading and unloading aircraft and shipping containers.

The new 527-58M forklift is engineered from JCB’s range of commercial Loadall telescopic handlers – a machine which this year celebrates 40 years in production and which is the biggest-selling product of its kind in the world.

The largest single deal in JCB’s history also came from the US Army in 2005 when a $206 million order was placed to produce hundreds of high-speed military versions of JCB’s famous backhoe loader.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “This order is fantastic news for JCB and a great way to start the new year. It is the second-highest-value order in the company’s history, and I congratulate everyone who has worked to secure this valuable contract in the same year that we mark 40 years of telescopic handler production.”

 

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Post written by: Mark Lane

Mark Lane is a defence writer for defenceonline.co.uk and the MoD’s Defence Contracts Bulletin.

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