Magnificent milestone for JCB
Company celebrates landmark as 750,000th JCB engine comes of the production line in Derbyshire
JCB are celebrating a major milestone for their award-winning engine, after the 750,000th unit came off the production line at JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire, where production first began in 2004.
Engine production was extended to India in 2011 – helping to power JCB to the landmark figure.
JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: ‘750,000 engines is quite some milestone when you consider that we only started manufacturing 17 years ago. So much has been achieved over that time with our engines, including two world land speed records.
‘With the development of our new hydrogen motor, there is so much more to come and the future for our engine business looks very bright.’
More than half of the 750,000 engines have been made at JCB Power Systems, which produces a range from 55kW to 212kW. The engines are used to power JCB products as well as those of customers producing equipment as diverse as road sweepers, crushers and screeners, and barges.
JCB India’s Delhi plant currently manufactures around 48 engine variants for the Indian market and for export.
Among the highlights of the past 17 years of engine production was a Queen’s Award for International Trade for JCB Power Systems in 2016, honouring a 325% growth in third-party sales.