JCB’s £60mn Brazil machine order
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
The President of Brazil Dilma Roussee and the governor of Rio Grande do Sul state, Tarso Genro, walking by the JCB backhoe loaders
JCB has won one of the biggest single tenders in its history with an order for more than 1,000 machines worth over £60million (US$96.6million) for the Brazilian government.
The company said that it beat off competition from other major global manufacturers to secure the deal for the fleet of backhoe loaders, which will be used to improve the road infrastructure in the country.
The first 114 of the 1,016 backhoes have now been delivered and the keys to one of the first machines handed over by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to Cleri Camilotti, the Mayor of the city of Três Passos from the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
The remainder of the 3C backhoes, all of which will be manufactured at JCB’s factory in São o Paulo, Brazil, will be delivered by the end of June.
The machines are being purchased by the Brazilian federal government for use in more than 1,000 municipalities across the country with populations of over 50,000 people. They will be deployed to improve and open up thousands of miles of secondary roads in communities heavily dependent on farming, ensuring that food gets to its final market much quicker.
A third of all farms in Brazil are family enterprises in remote areas of the country where the road network needs to be upgraded, and the purchase of the machines is part of a major federal government growth initiative. In total Brazil has more than 400,000 family farms.
Carlos Hernandez, managing director of JCB Brazil, said: “These JCB machines will play a big role in improving the infrastructure nationwide and ultimately ensure that produce from family farms gets to its destination quickly.”
President Dilma Rousseff, who is the first woman to hold the position in Brazil’s history, said: “The backhoes will solve the problem of the transit of goods.”
Mayor Três Passos Cleri Camilotti said: “For us mayors, when we receive a backhoe it has the same meaning and importance as if we were getting a house when we get married.”
Under the terms of the tender, JCB Brazil is also providing in-depth training on the machines for operators across the country, which has a population of more than 180 million people.