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FIRST DRIVE // JC MAC 888

NEW KID
ON THE BLOCK
   Geoff Ashcroft visits a fledgling firm to find out more                                                Above and below: JC Mac is the
  about its ambitious plans to enter the UK’s construction                                              latest entrant to the UK construction
                        machinery market                                                                 equipment market with machines

                                                                                                             built in Turkey by Cukurova.

 I t is rare that an all-new firm with                 scratching beneath the surface reveals there “Several reasons have impacted our
              an all-new product pops up in an
              established marketplace, but this        is much more to come.                     initial machine choice for the launch of
              is what is happening in the
backhoe loader sector, with Warwickshire-              Although this new venture is starting out our new business,” explains Joshua McNally,
based JC Mac (see panel). While some
might say it’s a brave, almost bonkers move,           tentatively with three models of backhoe  the driving force behind JC Mac, based

 ABOUT JC MAC                                          loader, expect to see a                            at Whitehouse Farm

  JC Mac has been set up by Joshua McNally,            range of crawler excavators    “THE FIRM WILL NOT  near Earlswood, Solihull.
  who was involved with the UK importer for            arrive later this year, as it  BE SELLING DIRECT,    “Our excavator
  Turkish-built BMC Trucks until 2012.                 plans to offer 14-, 21- and
                                                                                                          range is in the process
     When the BMC Truck business was taken
  over by Cukurova Group, the Turkish firm             30-tonne models. And it         BUT IS ACTIVELY    of getting EU Stage 5-
  remained in contact with McNally, which              won’t stop there. In 2019,     SEEKING A MODEST    compliant John Deere
  eventually created the opportunity to import         the JC Mac portfolio is                            Power System engines
  the Turkish-built construction equipment
  range to the UK.                                     expected to grow further,      NETWORK OF JUST     and so models won’t
                                                       with two models of wheel          SIX DEALERS”     be available to us until
     As MD, Joshua McNally heads up day-to-day         loader and an eventual                             the end of 2018. The
  operations. He is joined by sales director Liam
  O’Connor, a former subbie who ran his own            focus on mini-excavators.                          backhoe is already
  business operating backhoes and lorries over
  25 years ago, and who has a long-standing            So why not start with a more fleet-friendly available to us, and it currently uses a
  business relationship with the McNally family.
                                                       model than a backhoe that would perhaps Perkins EU Stage 4-compliant engine
     The firm will not be selling direct, but is
  actively seeking a modest network of just six        be easier to sell in greater volumes? After all, and is ready to roll.”
  dealers. Its ambitious expectations are for each
  dealer to achieve 10 retail sales in the first 12    the backhoe market in the UK has hardly   Should the JC Mac excavators arrive
  months. To back up the operation, Whitehouse
  Farm will eventually host a parts storage facility,  been described as rampant in recent years. before the end of 2018, they could well
  with around £200,000-worth of components
  available to dealers on a next-day service.

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