JCB has announced a £50 million investment in the “most advanced and productive” cab factory in the world.
The manufacturer said the new 350,000 sq ft facility will create more than 200 new jobs by 2022 and double production of cabs used on its machines.
Work has already started on the new plant for JCB Cab Systems. Based adjacent to the A50 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, next to two existing JCB sites, the facility will be able to produce around 100,000 cabs a year.
The new factory will include a computer controlled production line, fully-automated painting facility and robotic welding.
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said, “This new factory will be the most advanced and productive cab facility in the world and will bring even greater levels of efficiency to the business. The investment is one of the biggest in the company’s history and underlines our commitment to manufacturing in Britain and in our home county of Staffordshire.”
Burton and Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He added, “This is fantastic news for Uttoxeter, for Staffordshire and also the wider Midlands’ economy. This investment represents a massive boost for the area and underlines what a great place Staffordshire is to do business. It’s wonderful to see JCB continuing to invest in the county and in British manufacturing – something that can only attract even more inward investment.”
JCB Cab Systems currently employs more than 400 people at its existing site in Rugeley. The new plant is scheduled to open next summer. JCB Cab Systems’ general manager David Carver said, “While new jobs will be created, moving to the new factory will enable us to double capacity without doubling the workforce thanks to high levels of automation. The whole plant is being designed to improve productivity, reduce waste and provide unprecedented quality levels.”