JCB has joined the global relief effort in India and Pakistan by donating more than £500,000-worth of machines.
Four large 20- tonne excavators will be used by the military in earthquake-torn Pakistan, and two JCB backhoe loaders will be donated to help the rescue and clearing work in India.
The tracked excavators are designed for arduous quarrying and demolition work and will be used by the Pakistan army to clear roads and begin the clearance of collapsed buildings.
The machines will be supported by JCB's Pakistan dealer, Blackwood Hodge, based in Karachi.
In India, JCB is working in conjunction with Oxfam which is playing a leading role in the disaster relief effort. The Staffordshirebased company has a history of helping out in global disasters: it donated more than £ 1 millionworth of machines to the tsunami disaster in southern India, Sir Lanka and Indonesia. It also helped in 1999 with the earthquake disaster in Turkey.
Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford aid: "We have a duty to help the people of Pakistan and India who have suffered so severely in this earthquake.
"I hope the machines can be used quickly to help start rebuilding people's lives."