DIGGER giant JCB has celebrated another milestone in patriotic style as its 10,000th Teletruck forklift came off the production line.
The Rocester-based company marked the milestone by producing the machine in the colours of the union flag.
The red white and blue machine was snapped up by waste management company Biffa, who run one of the largest fleets of JCB Teletruks in the world.
The keys to the colourful machine - a TLT 35D 4x4 Eco - were handed over by JCB chairman Lord Bamford to Biffa CEO Ian Wakelin at JCB’s World Headquarters, in Rocester.
It was then pressed into service at Biffa’s new flagship mechanical biological treatment facility in West Sussex, where it is the sole industrial forklift truck handling waste bales.
Mr Wakelin said: “We have long recognised the advantages the JCB Teletruk’s forwards reach ability brings to our business which is why we have more than 50 of these innovative machines working at our plants across the UK.
“Its ability to reach forwards and load and unload lorries from one side saves time, space and ultimately money, which is crucial in an industry as competitive as ours.
“We are delighted to have taken delivery of the unique 10,000th Teletruk, the only one in the world to be painted in the colours of the union flag.”
JCB said the machine is highly specified with a full cab and air conditioning, waste kit and a Cascade bale clamp. It is also one of the first machines off the production line with the brand new JCB Diesel by Kohler engine.
The company added the JCB Teletruk, manufactured at JCB Utility Products, is the only counterbalanced forklift in the world with the ability to reach forwards and the only industrial truck with 4x4 capability and can work in rough or unprepared ground conditions enabling customers to keep the machine working in spaces previously considered inaccessible.