JCB Secures $4.8M Engine Deal With Johnston Sweepers
Malcolm Sandford (foreground R), managing director of JCB Powertrain, shakes hands on the deal with Coen van Rosmalen, general manager of Johnston Sweepers. Pictured background (L-R) are Steve Douglas, product manager Johnston Sweepers; Robert Payne, JCB OEM engine sales and applications manager; Alan Tolley, JCB director of engine programs and Dan Taylor, JCB senior applications engineer.
JCB has won a landmark deal to supply engines to the world’s leading manufacturer of street cleaning equipment. The agreement — initially worth almost $4.8 million per year — has been secured with Johnston Sweepers, which supplies its equipment to the public sector, contractors, the rental market and airports through a network of 200 global dealers.
The contract is a significant milestone for JCB as it was secured just weeks after the new Tier IV Ecomax engine went into full production at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire. JCB’s engines already power more than 70 percent of the construction and agricultural machines JCB manufactures each year.
“JCB and Johnston Sweepers share the same values of producing world-leading products driven by both design and manufacturing excellence as well as efficient operation,” said JCB powertrain managing director Malcolm Sandford. “The JCB Ecomax engine will deliver huge benefits to Johnston Sweepers, and we are delighted to secure this business.”
JCB competed against fierce international competition before winning the deal with Johnston Sweepers. The manufacturer will begin producing engines for Johnston Sweepers’ equipment in December 2012. JCB will primarily supply Johnston Sweepers with JCB’s 4.4 L 55kW Ecomax engine, which is Tier IV final ready, without requiring SCR systems or diesel exhaust fluid / Adblue.
Founded in 1904 and with two factories in Great Britain, Johnston Sweepers sells equipment all over the world, including the UK, western Europe, Australia, Russia and the USA.
The JCB Ecomax engine will power Johnston’s “V Range” of truck-mounted sweepers, which incorporate more than 1,000 design changes.
“With the advanced technology of the latest JCB Tier IV compliant engine at the heart of the new sweeper range, we are maximizing performance, payload, fuel consumption and water conservation and producing the most cost-effective and practical city sweeper on the market,” said Graham Howlett, Johnston Sweepers’ UK sales manager. “The JCB Ecomax engine is the cleanest and most efficient engine available, designed and built in Britain by JCB. They were chosen for their advanced engineering, the 55kW pack already meeting future Tier IV final emissions legislation.
“The engine delivers improved fuel consumption and lower emissions, reducing operating costs and helping authorities to improve their air quality scores, while also lowering vibration and noise generation for greater operator comfort and overall less noise pollution.”
With the introduction of Tier IV interim legislation, most engine manufacturers set out to meet the massive reductions in particulate emissions by incorporating a diesel particulate filter. JCB used the new laws as an opportunity to innovate and engineer a solution that did not require after-treatment and consequently provides customers with lower operating costs.
One of the major benefits of JCB’s Ecomax engine is its reduced fuel consumption. The Ecomax achieves savings of up to 10 percent compared to its Tier III counterpart. In addition, there is a huge maintenance and service benefit with the Ecomax as it runs on standard engine oils, with no additional service requirements, according to the manufacturer.
For more information, visit www.jcb.com.