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Doosan Bobcat to provide $1mn worth of equipment to help earthquake relief efforts

The manufacturer said it would provide skid-steer loaders and excavators, along with portable generators and lighting towers

Doosan Bobcat has said it will provide construction equipment for relief and recovery activities in the earthquake-stricken areas of Turkey.

On 6 February 2023, two powerful earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, measuring 7.8 and 7.5 respectively on the magnitude scale. The aftermath of the earthquakes have seen more than 20,000 people killed and thousands of buildings collapse, with victims trapped beneath the rubble and critical infrastructure destroyed.

In a statement, the company said that US $1mn worth of equipment would be promptly delivered through its dealer network, so as to be of practical help in lifesaving activities in affected areas, and to help restore critical infrastructure such as collapsed buildings and roads.

In late March 2022, Bobcat said it had completed its loader range for the Middle East and, in late June 2022, it showcased its new technology and products at its Demo Days event.

The equipment being supplied includes skid-steer loaders and excavators to remove and clean debris, while portable generators and lighting towers will be used at sites with power supply issues, it added.

The donation of the equipment will be financed in cooperation with Doosan Bobcat’s mother company, Doosan Group, which has supported previous major disasters with equipment and donations, including hurricanes and earthquakes in the US, China, Haiti, Japan, and Nepal, over the last 20 years.

The company stated that by providing equipment that can be used immediately for relief and recovery efforts, it hopes to help residents of the affected areas in Turkey, so as to help them begin to recover their daily lives as soon as possible.

In early November 2022, the firm said it had rolled out ground maintenance equipment in the Middle East.

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