JCB kit to assist in quake-hit Indonesian island

A JCB excavator at work in Lombok in August, 2018

JCB is donating equipment worth $250,000 to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following the devastating earthquake and tsunami which has so far killed more than 1,400 people.

Two Loadall telehandlers with powerful grab attachments are on their way to the region. JCB said the 531-70 and 540-170 machines will be perfect for removing heavy debris and will play a role in reconstruction efforts once they begin.

JCB chairman Lord Bamford said, “The scale of this natural disaster has shocked people all over the world and JCB always tries to help wherever these catastrophes occur. I hope our donation can speed up clear-up operations and help with subsequent redevelopment.”

JCB has previously sent equipment to support relief and rebuilding efforts after earthquakes in Nepal, Chile, Pakistan and Haiti, and in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. In August JCB donated the use of a JS205 tracked excavator and an operator to the Indonesian island of Lombok after a series of earthquakes and aftershocks.