Substantial contract win is a waste for JCB

One of the JCB 437 machines

Staffordshire-based JCB, best known for its world-famous excavators, has achieved success in one of its less high-profile sectors.

The Rocester company has underlined its strength in the waste and recycling sector with a substantial order for a fleet of new machines from a key customer in Northern Ireland.

JCB has been supplying waste and recycling companies with machines for nearly 40 years and now has 35 dedicated products for the sector in its ‘Wastemaster’ range – the biggest line-up of waste products in the industry.

One of JCB’s newest customers is McKinstry Skip Hire which – until four years ago – had never bought a JCB machine. Now, Northern Ireland’s leading waste management company runs a fleet of 14 – four of which it has just purchased.

The latest additions to its materials handling fleet include a 437 wheeled loading shovel made by JCB Earthmovers in Cheadle, two Wastemaster Loadall telescopic handlers, made at JCB’s headquarters in Rocester and a 13-tonne JS131 tracked excavator, made at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter.

McKinstry director Mark McKinstry said: “JCB offers a good range of waste specification machines and our JCB machines are very reliable; they are powerful and we have good service and back-up so there’s no down time – that’s important.”

McKinstry specialises in waste management and recycling, skip hire, waste services, biomass and quarry products. It has plants in Nutts Corner, Belfast and Portadown. It is a specialist in the collection and recycling of dry waste and all construction and demolition waste streams.