JCB is continuing its investment in global excavator production capability with the opening of its newest factory in Brazil where the first 22-ton (20 t) machine has just rolled off the line.
The JS200LC tracked excavator has been bought by Jorcal Engenharia E Construções S/A, a company based in Sao Paulo State, and owner Renato Rédis said he is “extremely pleased” with the performance of the machine.
The sale of the first Brazilian-made tracked excavator follows an investment in the new production facility next to the JCB’s existing backhoe loader factory in the city of Sorocaba.
The investment in the facility in Brazil follows the opening of a new tracked and wheeled excavator factory in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK.
The ceremony to mark the production of the first excavator in Brazil was attended by Vitor Lippi, the mayor of Sorocaba, David Bell, JCB’s chief corporate development officer and Carlos Hernández, regional director JCB in Latin America.
Hernández said, “The Latin American region is undergoing strong growth this year and our decision to constantly invest in the expansion of production capability will help us achieve our objective of maintaining business growth and increasing our market share in the region.”
The construction of the new Brazilian excavator factory took just seven months and includes a new training area to enhance the service backup provided to excavator customers in the region. JCB also has recently doubled its backhoe loader production capacity in Brazil to help meet demand for machines in the region.