Local drivers will be taught to use the diggers to help the aid effort
A fleet of JCB diggers is being sent to parts of China devastated by an earthquake.
The Staffordshire firm said six diggers, worth about £300,000, would be sent from its Chinese factory in Shanghai to the Sichuan province.
Local drivers will be trained by the JCB team to help in the hunt for more people trapped by rubble.
JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said no-one could fail to be "touched by the plight" of the people in the area.
It is feared up to 50,000 people may have died in Monday's earthquake in the Sichuan province.