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JCB plans two new factories in £150m expansion

6 Dec 13 JCB has announced plans for a £150m investment in expanding its production capacity over the next five years.

JCB is expanding its production capacity
JCB is expanding its production capacity

Subject to planning consent, it intends to build a new 350,000 sq ft factory for JCB Cab Systems in Beamhurst, near Uttoxeter, to replace the current smaller facility in Rugeley, and a new 220,000 sq ft factory on the Harewood Industrial Estate in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

The new cab factory will enable JCB to bring back in house some of the production that is outsourced overseas.

The new Cheadle factory will expand existing JCB Earthmovers and JCB Compact Products operations and allow JCB Utility Products to relocate to this site from its current smaller factory elsewhere in the town.

JCB also plans to add an additional 126,000 sq ft of manufacturing space at its main factory in Rocester to increase hydraulic cylinder production.

In addition to these three factory projects, the finance teams are also getting new premises. The existing JCB Finance and JCB Insurance offices in Rocester will be relocated to new purpose-built offices at nearby Harper Meadow in Denstone.

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.

JCB chairman Lord Bamford said that the expansion would add an additional 2,500 jobs to the company's UK payroll by 2018.

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