JCB Opens Brazil Plant
JCB has officially opened its new facility in Brazil. The company invested $100 million in Sorocaba, São Paulo State, to build a 350,000 sq. ft. plant where backhoe loaders and tracked excavators will be manufactured. In 2013, the company plans to add Loadall telescopic handlers and compaction equipment to the product mix and may later add wheel loaders.
At full capacity, the new plant will have the capability to produce 10,000 machines a year, the company said. It replaces two smaller plants in Sorocaba, the first of which JCB opened in 2001 to produce backhoe loaders, with the second opening in 2010 to produce tracked excavators. The new facility represents one of the biggest single investments in JCB’s 67-year history, according to JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford.
"The Brazilian plant will import £100 million of components annually from the U.K. including engines and transmissions," Bamford said. "There are £20 billion worth of infrastructure improvements scheduled in Brazil and JCB’s new factory will enable us to capitalize on those projects, including the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games."
What also aided the company’s expansion in South America was the fact that JCB won a public competition to supply machines that will be used to the second stage of the national growth acceleration program, known as PAC2. The machines have been used to strengthen agriculture in several Brazilian states.