JCB India to export new excavator engine to Africa

jcb finalJCB India Limited will export the JS360's Dieselmax engine to Africa and Middle East. (Image source: JCB)Heavy equipment company JCB India Limited has introduced the JS360’s new Dieselmax 672 engine, which will be exported to Africa and Middle East

The company stated that the new engine provides up to 25 per cent fuel savings over outgoing model, while a closed box-section revolving frame increases strength and reduces stress.

JCB India Limited, a 100 per cent subsidiary of JCB UK, is looking to aggressively expand in Africa, said reports. The company's equipments are used in construction and mining. The company has been manufacturing excavators ranging from 8T to 22T, which are currently operational in East, West and South Africa, according to company officials.

Jaswinder S Vilkhu, AVP of export sales at JCB, said, "Our biggest market in Africa has been South Africa and Algeria but we have consolidated our position in East and West Africa as well, and the market is improving. We started exporting machines into Africa from Pune as well as the Ballabgarh plants three years ago."

JCB also recently launched the 2DX - a small loader-cum-excavator, which can be used in the agricultural sectors in India, Southeast Asia and South Africa. Designed to function like a Swiss army knife, the machine combines low centre of gravity with good ground clearance for versatile performance due to various attachments, which can be fitted on the machine, stated the company.

Meanwhile, JCB India Limited has announced that it will also introduce a bigger Excavator JS360 soon, which will be useful for large-scale operations like mining and earth works in India.

Vilkhu said that JCB put up a stall at the CII Africa India conclave in New Delhi in March 2014 for the first time and the response was "tremendous".

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