News Jcb Enters Mobile Welfare Market

JCB has reached agreement with mobile welfare accommodation provider Garic that will see a range of eco-friendly mobile units launched with JCB branding – the highest value product yet to bear the engineering company’s name.

The JCB Eco Welfare Unit features a spacious canteen for six to ten people with microwave facilities and hot running water, anti-vandal security doors and a toilet.

The unit has been designed for maximum versatility and is light enough to be towed by most commercial vehicles.

It is powered primarily by solar panels, supported by a bespoke 12v back-up generator, and as such is designed to reduce C02 emissions by as much as 80% compared with a cabin run by a standard 240v generator – and deliver fuel cost savings of up to £150 per week.

The unit is the highest value product to bear the JCB name under licence. It will be available for sale or to hire through JCB’s UK dealership network and directly from Garic, with a six-person unit starting at around £112 per week under a three-year JCB finance deal.

John Atkinson, director and general manager for JCB Consumer Products, said: “With the launch of the JCB Eco Welfare Unit we are entering a new market with an industry-leading product that complements our existing range of plant. It will enable firms to supply a secure, comfortable space for employees, while reducing operating costs.

Lancashire-based Garic was founded 11 years ago and has already developed equipment for the rail, motorway and construction industries for the past 30 years.

Financial director Gary Greally said: “JCB is highly selective over the products it chooses to bear its name. We have worked closely with the JCB team to design a bespoke unit which meets the highest standards of quality that are synonymous with the JCB brand. Both companies are proud to offer the most versatile, secure and eco-friendly mobile welfare unit on the market.”

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