JCB Gears Up to Build Engines at New Plant

JCB, which announced its plans to build engines in August 2003, recently began forging ahead with plans to produce its own diesel engines after completing the purchase of a 160,000 sq ft manufacturing facility at Dove Valley Park at Church Broughton, Derbyshire.

In addition, a new company - to be known as JCB Power Systems Ltd, has been formed to manufacture the engines from the new facility, which is on a 12-acre site.

JCB Chief Executive John Patterson said, "This facility is ideal in all respects for JCB’s needs. It has excellent links with existing JCB factories in Rocester, Uttoxeter and Cheadle, which was one of the main reasons we chose this site.

"While the factory is bigger than our initial production needs, it does provide us with the capability to expand in the future as we manufacture more and more engines."

JCB now plans to move into the plant immediately to begin equipping it in readiness for the start of low volume production at the end of 2004. The number of engines manufactured by the new company will progressively increase in 2005.

The major new development has been welcomed by South Derbyshire District Council.

The leader of the Council, Councilor Barrie Whyman, MBE, said, "We look forward to the jobs and prosperity such a project promises to bring. We are delighted that JCB, like Toyota, has chosen South Derbyshire to develop its business."

Frank McArdle, Chief Executive of South Derbyshire District Council, said, "An inward investment of this scale by a world-renowned company further reinforces South Derbyshire's economic growth and "Open for Business" attitude."

Situated 11 miles from Uttoxeter and 15 miles from Derby, the factory is ideally positioned to recruit employees from both Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

The site will employ more than 100 people including Assembly and Quality Engineers through to Maintenance Technicians and Materials Handling staff. The existing Engine Design, Development and Purchasing teams will remain at JCB’s World Headquarters at Rocester.

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