New JCB cabs factory to be ‘most advanced in the world’

CONSTRUCTION of the new £50 million JCB Cab Systems factory is well on its way, with the plant giant targeting a summer opening.

The shell of the 350,000 sq. ft. site next to JCB Heavy Products and the World Parts Centre at Uttoxeter is said to be on course for completion “slightly ahead” of schedule. Production line facilities are to be installed from March onwards.

The investment, one of the biggest in the company’s history, will create what JCB is calling “the most advanced and productive cab facility in the world”.

The factory is to include a computer-controlled production line, a fully-automated painting facility and robotic welding. It will accommodate 400 employees, who will relocate for Rugeley.

David Carver, JCB Cab Systems’ general manager commented, “We are delighted with progress on the new site. A strong team focus on the delivery timeline and favourable weather means completion of the infrastructure and main building is ahead of schedule. Our focus is on building a plant that supports the company’s global growth plans and enables us to work far more efficiently.

“A weld automation facility destined for the new factory is currently being trialled at Rugeley. A computer-controlled production line, fully-automated painting process, and other high-tech features will ensure we have the most advanced cab facility in the world. A phased programme of moving production to the new site will be implemented from July onwards.”