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JCB forge engine partnership with Kohler

JCB Teletruck 35D

Fuel-efficient Stage IIIB/Tier 4 Final engines from Kohler to power JCB compact machine lines

JCB have announced the next stage of their engine strategy with news they have forged a partnership with a leading global manufacturer to produce engines for their compact equipment.

JCB have gone from a new entrant in engine manufacturing to an innovative global producer with the first JCB engine rolling off the production line in the UK in November 2004. Since then production has been extended to JCB India’s HQ at Ballabgarh and to date more than 250,000 engines have been produced globally.

The company went into production this year with the innovative JCB Ecomax engine, which meets EU Stage IIIB/US Tier 4 Interim emissions standards without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or external exhaust after-treatment.

Now JCB have announced that they are adopting a range of fuel-efficient Stage IIIB/Tier 4 Final engines from Kohler’s Global Power Group, for many of their compact machine lines.

The water-cooled Kohler Direct Injection (KDI) engines – which will be branded JCB Diesel by Kohler – meet the next stage of emissions regulations without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

This week the first JCB machine to be fitted with the new engine – a JCB 35D 4x4 Teletruk – was unveiled at the RWM waste-management show at the NEC in Birmingham.

JCB’s director of engine programmes, Alan Tolley, said: ‘The decision to partner with Kohler to develop engines for JCB compact machines was driven by the synergy in the technologies used by JCB and Kohler to achieve stringent Tier 4 Final emissions legislation.

‘Kohler’s achievement of Tier 4 Final without the need for a bulky DPF is fully in line with our own engine strategy and allows our designers maximum flexibility when it comes to meeting machine design and packaging requirements. These highly efficient engines will offer our customers improved performance and lower fuel consumption.’

The European-built engines will be progressively introduced in JCB products, including midi-excavators, the Teletruk TLT35D, 406 and 409 compact wheel loaders, the 190 and 205 skid-steers and 190T and 205T compact tracked loaders, smaller 135, 155 and 175 skid-steers and TM180 and TM220 articulated wheel loaders.

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