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Kohler-Lombardini, JCB: close encounter of a new kind

by Fabrizio Sereni
october/november 2013 | Back

The innovative new KDI engine brought into production this year by Reggio Emilia-based Kohler-Lombardini will lie at the heart of a whole range of products from the UK's JCB, the leading maker of equipment for earth-moving and related activities.

At the RWM Show in Birmingham, JCB showed its new Teletruk powered by the KDI, and Agritecnica will see the roll-out of the rest of JCB's KDI-powered range: excavators, fork-lifts, telescopic loaders and backhoe loaders.

The engine's design innovations are such that users no longer have to worry about expensive factors such as Diesel Particulate Filtration (DPF). The manufacturer says the KDI's design is intended to make it the best in its class for performance and gas emissions, meaning that users can downsize their present engines and save on fuel consumption and other running costs.

Despite its high torque and power performance, the KDI in fact respects the new Stage 3B and Tier 4 requirements that recently went into force in the EU for 37-56 kW industrial engines.

In the near future, the company also plans to bring in a new 3400 cc KDI expected to top 100 kW in power.

"JCB's choice stems from the high technological content in our engines," said K-L's managing-director, Giuseppe Bava. "It makes us very proud and is a prize for the work of all our technicians."

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