Posted on November 02, 2014

Mannai Auto Group's Heavy Equipment Division (HED) announced the launch of the brand's most powerful tracked excavator in Qatar at a special ceremony held at Regency Hall in Doha.

The range-topping JS500 arrives in Qatar in record time after its international launch, highlighting the importance of Qatar and the GCC market to JCB, while also emphasizing the demand for such products in the region's highly competitive and fast-developing construction and infrastructure market. Qatar's product market is especially keen to welcome new and more capable heavy equipment such as the JS500, which will fill a need in the country for larger tracked excavators. The full range of JS excavators is becoming more and more popular with customers and we are happy to add an even more powerful option to the lineup," said Eng. Khalid Yousef, general manager, Mannai HED.

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"The JCB range offers something for every client, with each new model designed to deliver substantial improvements over their predecessors in terms of fuel efficiency and cost of operation, as well as active service and spare parts support locally. Mannai HED works to ensure we are listening to our clients' needs and always trying to develop our partnership with them in terms of the value we deliver to their operational needs. The JS500 is designed to be at the top of the food chain and is able to meet the most demanding needs."

The JCB JS500 has an engine rated at 305 hp at 2000rpm. This powers a 7.10 m long Heavy Duty Mono boom and 4.76 m Dipper. It can dig up to 9m deep and can dump at an elevation of 8.46 m from its ground stance, with extended digging reach up to 13.1m. Mannai HED in recent years has seen increasing demand from its partners for key equipment such as excavators and the company has seen its market share increase steadily particularly in the 20-ton class of heavy machines. With the addition of the 50-ton JS500, the company is expecting interest from customers to grow at for this class of tracked excavators.

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JCB offers over 300 machines to meet a wide range of requirements. The equipment includes Skid steer loaders, Wheeled loader shovels, Tracked & wheeled excavators, backhoe loaders, telescopic handlers, generators, lighting towers and compaction equipment. JCB’s Wheeled Loader Shovels and Tracked Excavators are popular choices for clients seeking to add diversity and functionality to their fleets.