JCB North America Receives Largest Single-Vessel Shipment | Construction News


JCB North America in Savannah, Ga., has received its largest single-vessel shipment of equipment ever from its manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom.

Consisting of more than 400 machines worth a total of more than $35 million, the recent shipment eclipsed the previous single-vessel record set in early 2015 when it received 341 construction and agricultural machines.

Over the next few weeks, JCB will inspect and configure the machines to customer specifications at its North American headquarters in Savannah, before shipping the units to authorized distributors throughout North America.

“The fact that we continue to receive more machines from the UK is indicative of JCB’s continued growth in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” said Ken Bianco, vice president of commercial operations for JCB North America. “While the market for construction and agricultural machines are stagnant or declining in many parts of the world, this particular market remains strong for JCB. Our employees and dealers have worked diligently to increase demand for JCB products. This new shipment will help us fulfill that demand.” 

The vessel Tugela brought the 400-plus JCB machines directly from the United Kingdom on May 28. While these particular machines were imported, JCB manufactures its full line of 18 model skid steers and compact track loaders, along with the 3CX backhoe at its Savannah headquarters for export across the globe.

“North America has been identified as JCB’s largest potential market for growth,” states Arjun Mirdha, president and CEO of JCB, Inc. “The company has made substantial investments over the past five years to support a growing equipment population and to increase market share. Shipments such as the one delivered by Tugela demonstrate JCB’s continued success in building profitable demand for its products across the United States and Canada.”

While JCB is pleased to be increasing its market share, the company is also proud to be positively contributing to the local and regional economies in Georgia.

“Working with partners like the Georgia Ports Authority makes it possible for us to continue investing in the communities where we live and work,” said Mirdha.