JCB opens new £50m German facility

JCB chairman Lord Bamford with JCB Germany MD Frank Zander

THE £50 million JCB Germany headquarters has been officially opened.

JCB chairman Lord Bamford did the honours at the 12-acre facility in Cologne following one of the largest investments in the manufacturer’s history.

JCB Germany was founded in 1965. The new base features offices for 75 employees and a training centre for use by customers and JCB Germany’s network of dealers. The site is triple the size of JCB Germany’s former facility in the city.

Lord Bamford unveiled a plaque to mark the opening during a conference attended by JCB’s 50 largest dealers from around the world. He said, “Europe has been a very significant market for JCB since the 1950s and this facility is a great example of our investment in future growth.

“JCB has operated in Germany for more than 50 years and it is a crucial market for JCB because it is Europe’s second largest construction equipment market and the fifth largest in the world. This investment will help JCB deliver sales growth in the years ahead.”