JCB Announces $245 Million Expansion
As announced previously announced, JCB Rocester, Staffordshire, UK has detailed plans to create an additional 2500 jobs by 2018, which will in turn add a further 7500 jobs in the UK supply chain. A recent Oxford Economics study concluded that for every one JCB job, there are three others in the UK supply chain.
Subject to planning consent from relevant Staffordshire authorities, the $245 million plans represent the single largest investment in JCB’s history. The plans include:
- A new, purpose-built 350,000 sq.-ft. factory for JCB Cab Systems in Beamhurst, near Uttoxeter, to replace the current smaller facility in Rugeley. It will also enable JCB to in-source production of cabs currently made by third-party suppliers in Europe.
- Expansion of JCB’s production operations in Rocester with an additional 126,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to increase hydraulic cylinder production.
- A brand-new, purpose-built 220,000-sq-ft.-factory on the Harewood Industrial Estate in Cheadle, Staffordshire to expand existing JCB Earthmovers and JCB Compact Products operations, allowing JCB Utility Products to relocate to this site from the current smaller factory elsewhere in the town.
- Relocation of the existing JCB Finance and JCB Insurance offices in Rocester to new purpose-designed, offices at nearby Harper Meadow in Denstone.
- A new in-house training facility for JCB staff, to be run in conjunction with key universities to support apprenticeship and graduate training programs.
JCB said the projected growth in machine output from Staffordshire factories will be supported by an increase in production of components from factories elsewhere in the UK, including engines from JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire, and axles and gearboxes from JCB Transmissions in Wrexham, North Wales.