Date: December 14, 2007

Eaton Receives Best Supplier Award From JCB

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has received the Best Supplier Award for Outstanding Efforts from JCB India Ltd. The award recognizes the efforts of Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations sales staff and Engineering Center employees in India in supplying steering control units for the hydraulic systems on JCB India’s 3DX heavyweight loader backhoes, produced in Delhi, India.

Eaton was the only supplier to earn the top recognition from JCB India for its innovation and technical support in replacing the 3DX backhoe’s separate steering unit and priority valve with a steering unit featuring a bolt-on priority valve. Eaton’s integrated design has resulted in significant cost savings for the customer and a higher flow rate than that achieved by the original design.

“JCB India’s Best Supplier Award marks a value-creating opportunity for Eaton,” said William R. VanArsdale, Eaton vice president and president—Hydraulics Operations.

“The award is recognition of Eaton’s focus on customer relationships, innovation and operational excellence. In addition, this win positions us to grow with JCB globally, ranking Eaton as a major hydraulics player in India’s construction equipment industry.”

Vipin Sondhi, managing director of JCB India’s Delhi operation, presented the award to Uday Yadav, Eaton vice president and general manager—Asia-Pacific Hydraulics Operations, at JCB India’s supplier meeting on November 29 in Delhi.

“Since JCB is a leader in the construction equipment industry, highly focused on quality, and one of the fastest growing companies in this market segment in India, recognition from JCB is very important to us,” Yadav said. “Construction equipment is a focus area for Eaton’s India operations, and this award demonstrates that our sales and engineering team in India delivered results by creating value for the customer and differentiating Eaton from the competition.”

Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations is a business segment of the Eaton Fluid Power Group. The business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and industrial applications. Mobile and industrial markets include agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, utility, material handling, earthmoving, truck and bus, machine tools, molding, primary metals, automotive, power generation, port machinery and entertainment. Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydro-Line®, Vickers® and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 63,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit

Contact: Lynn Soule (952) 294-7992