JCB scoops £3m engine deal with Johnston Sweepers

Posted on 22 Oct 2012

JCB has won a £3 million deal to supply engines to a leading manufacturer of street cleansing equipment.

The contract with UK-based Johnston Sweepers is initially worth almost £3 million a year.

The company supplies its equipment to the public sector, contractors, the rental market and airports through a network of 200 global dealers.

The deal, won against international competition, has been secured a few weeks after the new Tier 4 Ecomax engine went into full production at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire. JCB’s engines – Ecomax and otherwise – already power more than 70% of the construction and agricultural machines JCB manufactures every year.

Managing director of JCB Powertrain Malcolm Sandford said: “The JCB Ecomax engine will deliver huge benefits to Johnston Sweepers and we are delighted to secure this business.”

Production of the engines for Johnston Sweepers’ equipment will begin in December.

Johnston Sweepers has agreed to buy JCB engines worth £3 million

The utility vehicles will mainly be supplied with JCB’s 4.4 litre 55kW Ecomax engine, which meets Tier 4 emissions legislation without the requirement for SCR systems or diesel exhaust fluid / Adblue.

Founded in 1904 and with two British factories, Johnston Sweepers sell all over the world including UK, Western Europe, Australia, Russia and the USA. The JCB Ecomax engine will power a new range of truck mounted sweepers for the company, known as the V Range, which incorporates more than 1,000 design changes.

Graham Howlett, Johnston Sweepers’ UK sales manager, said: “With the advanced technology of the latest JCB tier 4 compliant engine at the heart of the new sweeper range, we are maximising performance, payload, fuel consumption and water conservation and producing the most cost effective and practical city sweeper on the market.

“The [Ecomax] engine delivers improved fuel consumption and lower emissions, reducing operating costs and helping authorities to improve their air quality scores.”

Most engine manufacturers have set out to meet the high carbon reductions in particulate emissions by incorporating a diesel particulate filter. JCB used the Tier 4 interim legislation to engineer a solution that means no after-treatment which, it claims, means lower running costs for the customer.