Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and JCB Group Chairman Lord Bamford, last month, inaugurated two new, world-class manufacturing facilities in Jaipur. These new facilities are positioned to enable JCB to keep pace with future economic growth and to further strengthen its position as a market leader in the construction equipment Industry, a company release said.
Speaking about the Rs. 500-crore investment in Jaipur, Lord Bamford said: “The inauguration of the two Jaipur factories is a significant milestone for JCB, which has been making in India for 35 years and has grown to become one of India’s most respected manufacturers. From small beginnings in 1979, I could never have imagined that our family business would employ 5,000 people in India making JCBs, with thousands more employed elsewhere in the supply chain. The new factories in Jaipur mean our contribution to the Indian economy will grow and I am grateful to the Rajasthan Government for their support in helping JCB make our investment ambitions a reality.”
“JCB has a long history of investing in long-term global growth opportunities. Today’s inauguration of two new factories in Jaipur is the beginning of another phase in JCB’s growth plans for India. It is only a matter of time before the current short-term market concerns give way to the long-term growth in demand for construction equipment that will follow as the wider Indian economy picks up,” Graeme Macdonald, CEO, JCB Group CEO, noted.
Located on 115 acres of land 35 km from Jaipur city, the site is home to JCB’s single largest manufacturing footprint in India. When operating at full capacity, it will employ around 1,000 people. Component manufacturing is already underway at one of the plants and next year production will begin of telescopic handlers and skid steer loaders for the Indian market. The facility will also provide additional backhoe loader capacity from 2015.
The new factories have been built in record time and incorporate world-class ecological developments, including water management, rainwater harvesting, solar power and daylight optimisation. The Jaipur site has also been attractively landscaped to JCB’s very exacting global standards.
Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, JCB India Ltd, said: “JCB’s new facilities in the historical city of Jaipur are world-class in every respect, with zero effect on the environment both in terms of construction and operation. JCB India will be making products in Jaipur to the same world-class standard as the machines we make in our existing three factories in Ballabgarh and Pune.”
JCB India’s three manufacturing facilities include the world’s largest backhoe loader factory located in Ballabgarh, Haryana, near New Delhi, and two factories in Pune, Maharashtra, manufacturing fabrications and components (mainly for export) as well as state-of-the-art heavy equipment, including large excavators, wheeled loading shovels and compaction equipment.
JCB is the market leader for construction equipment in India and operates the most extensive distribution network with 60 dealers and 600 outlets across India.
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