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JCB fields a squad for world cup duties in South Africa

12 Jun 10 DIGGER giant JCB has been signed up to play a key role at major stadiums that are staging the 2010 World Cup soccer matches in South Africa.

Digger giant JCB has been signed up to play a key role at major stadiums that are staging the 2010 World Cup soccer matches in South Africa.
With the tournament just days from kicking off, a squad of nine JCB Teletruk forklifts in their trademark JCB yellow and black strip are busy helping to prepare the match venues for thousands of fans from around the world.

The JCB Teletruks, manufactured at JCB Utility Products in Cheadle, are in action at the six main World Cup arenas helping to prepare hospitality suites and other visitor facilities in and around the grounds.

The 4x4 machines were considered ideal to move and lift building materials during the final construction and fit out phases of the work being carried out at Soccer City, Johannesburg - the main 94,000-capacity World Cup stadium that will hold the opening and final games - as well as the Royal Bafokeng Stadium at Rustenburg, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, the Durban Stadium and Green Point Stadium at Cape Town.

All of the Teletruks have been supplied by Clarklift South Africa (PTY) Ltd., the JCB Industrial dealer in South Africa.

Mike Poxon, International Sales Manager - JCB Industrial, said: “The tasks at the World Cup stadiums required a forklift truck that was flexible and capable of working on rough ground - and the JCB Teletruk fitted the bill perfectly.

“The JCB Teletruk provides a superior lift capacity and forward reach that extends over debris and stock piles of building materials, as well as a compact size and 4WD capability to handle rugged site conditions and limited working spaces.”

It’s not the first time that JCB has been called up for World Cup duty - a 22-tonne JCB JS220 tracked excavator was used in the construction of showcase Allianz Arena in Munich for the 2006 competition in Germany

Mike added: “We are delighted that JCB’s world-renowned products have once again been selected to play an integral part in the world’s largest football competition.” 

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