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JCB opens £40m excavator plant

JCB has opened a new £40 million, 42,000 sq m heavy products plant at Uttoxeter.

CEO Matthew Taylor said the move reaffirmed JCB’s commitment to UK manufacture. “ This is one of the biggest single investments ever made by JCB.”

Mr Taylor said that it was by no means certain that the plant giant would settle on Britain, the firm had considered India and China as well as greenfield options.

The facility will be capable of producing 8,000 excavators a year and is split into two main parts – an assembly area and a large fabrication area.

New measures sees the introduction of ‘clean rooms’ for the assembly of all core hydraulic components to prevent contamination. There is also a clean room for building component kit for specific machine specifications.

JCB used the event to show off its new JS360 auto-tracked excavator. The machine will compete in the global market for excavators in the 33 to 40 tonne market sector. IT is suitable for heavy duty applications such as demolition, quarrying, earthmoving and road building.

It features a JS360 7.8 litre, six cylinder Isuzu engine provides 212kW (281hp) at 2000 rpm through an isochronous electronic governor. This reacts automatically to hydraulic system demand, maintaining flexible output for a given operating condition.

The JS360 comes with a 6.45 m mono-boom for easy transportation and greater lift capacity. The boom is available with a choice of 2.1, 2.63, 3.23, and 4.03 metre dipper lengths.

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