JCB world

JCB Chief Executive Graeme Macdonald today officially opened the company’s newest facility in its Staffordshire, UK home which has created almost 100 new jobs in just six months.

JCB World Logistics took over the former 383,000 ft² Blue Planet warehouse in Newcastle-under-Lyme in July 2013 and since then almost 80 new warehouse and office staff and 20 drivers have been recruited. In the next two years employment levels are expected to triple to more than 300 as the facility becomes fully operational.

Graeme Macdonald, who today unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the premises, said: “Staffordshire is where JCB’s business started almost 70 years ago and Staffordshire is where our heart is, so I’m delighted that the opening of JCB World Logistics is bringing more employment opportunities to the county.”

JCB World Logistics, which is run by global logistics partner DHL, is the central receiving hub for supplier-bought components used in the manufacture and assembly of JCB machines. The company’s move to the premises saw the consolidation of seven warehouses into one and as a result will see road mileage reduced by 20% per year. The new facility holds almost 25,000 pallets of components.

Paul Dyer, Managing Director, Automotive at DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland added: “As JCB’s world-wide logistics partner, we wholeheartedly share their vision to expand faster globally. JCB’s investment at JCB World Logistics facility not only demonstrates long term commitment to UK manufacturing but it brings much needed long term employment to the local area.”