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JCB celebrates triple Queens Award success

JCB was today celebrating a triple Queen’s Award success after three of its business units were honoured for export achievement. Receiving awards were JCB’s Loadall business unit, based at the company’s World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, JCB Compact Products, of Cheadle, Staffordshire, and Wrexham-based International Transmissions Ltd, the sales business unit within JCB Transmissions.

Each business unit has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. It means JCB has cemented its position as the UK company with more Queen’s Awards to its name than any other, with a total of 21 since its first Award – for export achievement in 1969.

JCB’s Loadall business unit manufactures 30 different models. The Loadall is equipped with a telescopic boom to handle materials in a rough terrain environment. Overseas sales rose by more than 77 per cent between 2004 and 2006.

JCB Compact Products’ overseas sales rose by more than 65 per cent during the same period. The business unit manufactures 50 different products – the industry’s largest line-up of compact equipment – including JCB’s Robot skid steer range, mini-excavators, rough terrain forklifts and the 1CX backhoe loader.

International Transmissions Ltd sells transmissions, axles and engine components to third party customers. Overseas sales for the business unit more than doubled between 2003 and 2005, rising by a huge 134 per cent.

Between them, the three business units employ 1,349 people compared to 1,107 three years ago. At each of the sites, special Queen’s Award flags will now be flown to mark the achievements.

JCB’s Group Chief Operating Officer Matthew Taylor said: “This is a tremendous honour for JCB and all our employees in these three business units. The businesses produce a diverse range of products yet all three share the same determination to explore new markets by producing
innovative, hard working and high quality products for sale around the world.”

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