JCB have been confirmed as the first award sponsor for this year’s LCRIG Innovation Festival – aligning themselves with the ‘Climate Resilience’ category.
The Innovation Festival is an event where products, solutions, new innovations and techniques can be displayed and demonstrated over a range of live demonstration sessions. The event provides local authorities with a chance to find out about new innovations from the supply chain that will help to meet their current and future challenges.
One of the main elements that sets the Innovation Festival apart from other industry events is the fact that qualifying innovators are given the chance to receive funding towards development or to secure trials with local authorities. A portion of all exhibition space and sponsor sales at the event are put into the LCRIG / Steve Berry Innovation Fund. In addition public sector places are fully funded.
Local authorities are invited to score innovations across several different categories. This year’s categories are as follows: Fleet and equipment; Bridges and other structures; Climate resilience; Transport Technology; Surfacing; Biodiversity; Traffic Signs and Lines, Street Lighting and Collaborative Innovation.
Ben Rawding, General Manager – JCB Hydradig & PotholePro – said: ”Innovation has been the cornerstone of JCB’s success for over 75 years, with our motto ’Jamais content – never content’ driving this approach. Across the UK, authorities face extreme pressure to do more, with less. Therefore, it is incumbent on us as a leading British manufacturer to support the drive for innovation within all industries that we operate.
”Nowhere has this been more evident than our steadfast commitment to emissions reduction of our machines. JCB’s award-winning clean diesel engines have led the way – being 98% less polluting than those manufactured in 2000. We were also first to market with a range of electric zero-emission compact equipment. Recently, we unveiled the world’s first hydrogen engine capable of powering their world leading backhoe loader and Loadall ranges.
”JCB is always looking for a better way. It’s our operating model and it ensures JCB does the right thing, all the time – for the benefit of our customers and our climate. We are delighted to support LCRIG and their members with the Innovation Festival, sponsoring the ‘Climate Resilience’ award.”
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