The JCB units were supplied by Briggs Equipment, after it secured a multi-million pound contract to supply and service JCB equipment at one of the UK's busiest ports.
David Huck, head of port operations Mersey, said the three JCB457 ZX, two JCB426 ZX and one JCB427 ZX models will play an essential role in the expansion of the store.
“At 250,000 sq ft, the [animal feed] store is already the largest of its kind in the UK and the extension will further expand capacity by around 60%,” said Huck.
“The new loaders are essential to our future plans and Briggs was able to provide us with a complete solution in providing both new equipment and a continued high level of service supporting operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
He also stressed the importance of the availability of parts for the trucks in the event of a breakdown, a factor that played a part in the decision to make the acquisition through Briggs, as was the backup provided by an extensive short-term rental fleet, available to suit.
All the new equipment has been modified to reduce the risk of sparking a fire or explosion.
“With our resident on-site Briggs engineers and close working relationship with JCB, this means there are no delays when it comes to addressing an issue or replacing a part.”
Briggs has also provided three JCB wheel loaders to Peel Ports’ facility in Runcorn, and there are three additional units on order.
All eleven machines will be fitted with Briggs' Speedshield telemetry system that improves efficiency and supports operator safety and daily maintenance checks.