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JCB expands production plant in Brazil

JCB has confirmed it is expanding its global excavator production capacity with the opening of a new assembly plant in Brazil.

JCB will begin assembling their 20t JS200 models at the new 14,000m² site.

The expanded plant is adjacent to their existing backhoe loader plant in Sorocaba, Brazil, adding to their production of tracked and wheeled excavators at the new £40M JCB Heavy Products factory in Staffordshire, and excavator production in Pune, India, where a plant was opened in 2007 as part of a £25M investment in Indian manufacturing.

400,000 and counting

Yesterday the 400,000th JCB backhoe loader rolled off the company’s production line at its manufacturing facility in Brazil, where the company has been making the machine for almost a decade.

Chief executive of JCB, Matthew Taylor said: “JCB took 43 years to manufacture 200,000 backhoe loaders; we’ve taken just 13 years to produce the next 200,000 …in Brazil, sales of JCB backhoe loaders have quadrupled in just three years, which is quite some achievement in the current economic environment and a huge credit to our team. It’s appropriate that the 400,000th backhoe should come off the production line in Brazil as I expect South America to provide much of the future sales growth for this product and other JCB machines.”

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