JCB has announced a £31M investment in engine development that will create around 350 jobs in the UK.
The programme to develop the next generation of engines was given the green light after the company was awarded £4.5M towards the cost from the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF).
Design and research into the new engine will take place at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire, where the company’s Dieselmax engine is manufactured. The company has already started recruiting for around 50 new jobs at the site, including engine design and development engineers, electronics and software engineers, technicians, manufacturing engineers, applications engineers, supplier development engineers and buyers.
When the engine goes into production, more than 300 additional jobs will be created at JCB’s Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham factories between 2016 and 2021.The new engine will be installed in JCB’s own products and also sold to third parties.
JCB Chief Executive Alan Blake said the programme will “take the efficiency, productivity and environmental performance of our engines to new levels.” He added: “The new JCB engine will give our products a huge competitive edge across global markets, which we anticipate will lead to substantially increased sales between 2016 and 2021.” JCB began manufacturing the Dieselmax engine range at its Derbyshire plant in 2004, and recently launched the Ecomax Tier 4 Final version.