It is the largest single shipment of JCB machines to the USA, eclipsing the previous record of 341 set in February 2015.
“The fact that we continue to receive more machines from the UK is indicative of JCB’s continued growth in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” said Ken Bianco, vice president of commercial operations for JCB North America.
The 2015 record was broken when JCB’s UK facility shipped over 400 machines worth more than US$35m (£24.2m) to Georgia Ports Authority. Over the next few weeks, JCB will inspect and configure the machines to customer specifications at its North American headquarters in Savannah, before shipping the units to authorised distributors throughout North America.
Bianco added: “While the market for construction and agricultural machines are stagnant or declining in many parts of the world, this particular market remains strong for JCB. Our employees and dealers have worked diligently to increase demand for JCB products. This new shipment will help us fulfill that demand.”
The vessel ‘Tugela’ brought the 400-plus JCB machines directly from the UK. While these particular machines were imported, JCB manufactures its full line of 18 models of skid steers and compact track loaders, along with the 3CX backhoe, at its Savannah headquarters for export across the globe.
“North America has been identified as JCB’s largest potential market for growth,” said Arjun Mirdha, president and chief executive officer of JCB. “The company has made substantial investments over the past five years to support a growing equipment population and to increase market share. Shipments such as the one delivered by 'Tugela' demonstrate JCB’s continued success in building profitable demand for its products across the United States and Canada.”