JCB to move production of compaction equipment to factories in India, UK
JCB has plans to relocate production of compaction equipment to factories in the UK and India and close the Gatersleben site in Germany.
The decision has been taken to improve JCB’s competitiveness in the compaction sector and follows a strategic review of its compaction business and recent structural changes in global market conditions. As a consequence of this review, JCB has decided that, by the end of June 2014:
Production of all VM Compactors and two larger VM Tandem Rollers will relocate to JCB’s factory in Pune, India.
Production of all walk-behind models and two smaller VM Tandem Rollers will relocate to the JCB Attachments factory in Uttoxeter, England.
Production of the 403 Wheeled Loading Shovel will be brought back to the JCB Utility Products factory in Cheadle, England, where it had been manufactured until 2011.
JCB CEO, Graeme Macdonald said: “Demand for compaction equipment has shifted towards emerging markets and manufacturing smaller models in the UK and larger equipment in India is in our customers’ best interests.”
According to JCB India’s MD and CEO Vipin Sondhi, “The demand for larger compaction equipment is growing and we will now have better flexibility to produce global quality machines in India for our customers around the world.”