JCB today announced a major new investment in machine tools at its Wrexham plant in North Wales which will bring massive efficiency gains and make the plant even more productive.
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JCB Transmissions was set up in 1978 with less than a dozen employees in a single factory on the Wrexham Industrial Estate and now employs more than 450 people at two plants covering a total area of 450,000 sq ft: one manufacturing gear boxes and the other axles.
Today Director and General Manager Stuart Hughes announced the company is investing more than £2 million in a new, fully-automated axle manufacturing unit capable of producing a maximum of 130 axles a day.
Stuart Hughes said: “This is a massive vote of confidence in the Wrexham site by the JCB Group. This is one of the biggest single investments in new machine tools in JCB Transmissions’ history. It will not only help us keep pace with increased demand but also help improve productivity and ensure we remain competitive in the world market.”
The new fully automated axle beam manufacturing cell has been ordered from German company Heller and is capable of producing an axle every 11 minutes – making it 21 per cent more efficient than the existing unit. Preparations for the installation of the new cell are set to get underway in ready for its commissioning in January 2013.
Over the past 34 years JCB Transmissions has become the main supplier of gear boxes and axles for JCB. The Wrexham site is also home of International Transmissions Ltd (ITL), which sells transmissions, axles and engine components to third party customers around the world. In 2007 ITL won a Queen's Award for Enterprise to mark a 134 per cent increase in overseas sales over three years .
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