JCB halts production until March 30

JCB has announced plans to halt production at its UK manufacturing plants due to the coronavirus situation.

The firm said disruption from the pandemic has caused a reduction in demand for machines.

JCB is halting production at its nine manufacturing plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham until March 30. Shop floor employees affected by the move will be paid in full during this period. Office staff will continue to work a 39-hour week, with many working from home.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said, “These measures are unprecedented in the history of JCB but are absolutely necessary to protect the business. As we continue to deal with the health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more challenging to maintain business continuity in this volatile economic climate.

“JCB is a global exporter and worldwide demand for our products has dropped sharply as customers cancel orders and defer deliveries.”