JCB manufactures a total of 34 different Loadall models, 29 of which are made at Rocester, with a further five compact models produced at JCB Compact Products, Cheadle, Staffordshire.
Global Expansion Steps Up As 100,000th Loadall Rolls Off Line
JCB today celebrated the production of its 100,000th Loadall telescopic handler as the company concluded ?9 million worth of investment to significantly expand global manufacturing of the machine.
“The success of this product and the Loadall business has been built on continual investment, tireless innovation and product development.
The latest investment in our UK production facilities enables JCB to meet the increasing global demand for Loadalls.
“The decision to begin manufacturing in the USA is a natural step for JCB because the country is the biggest single market for telescopic handlers in the world and we look forward to growing success in The States with a ‘made-in-America’ Loadall.”
In the UK, where JCB is market leader for telescopic handlers, a second production line has been installed which has doubled production capacity so the company can take advantage of rising global markets.
A wide variety of machine tools have also been installed which have quickened manufacturing processes and enhanced product quality. These include the installation of a new 650 tonne press brake; new robot welding centres for the welding of booms arms and ancillary components and a new machining centre for precision boring.
- The new machine offered users a rough terrain machine with reach and performance way beyond the capabilities of conventional rough terrain forklifts.
- Putting the JCB machine out in front was its unique telescopic boom which brought a new solution to the problem of handling materials.
- As the machine evolved, its use widened to all areas of the construction sector and the concept quickly spread to agriculture where it is used for a vast variety of tasks from loading grain, stacking bales and towing trailers.