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JCB ARE NOW THE LEADING MANUFACTURER OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY IN INDIA.

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has officially opened JCB’s newest factory in India as the company strengthens is global manufacturing presence.

With 11 factories in the UK employing more than 7,500 people, JCB first began manufacturing in India in 1979 and are now the country’s leading producer of construction equipment.

Today Mr Johnson visited JCB’s latest factory in India – a £100 million investment plant in Gujarat which will fabricate parts for global production lines. The new factory is in Vadodara, near the port city of Surat on the west coast of India.

Joining the Prime Minister at the opening was JCB chairman Lord Bamford, who led JCB’s expansion in India in the late 1970s, including the opening of the first factory in Ballabgarh, near Delhi. Today JCB have six factories in India at locations including Jaipur and Pune.

Lord Bamford said: ‘In its first year of full production, JCB India manufactured just 39 machines and by next year will have made a total of half a million. This country is now a major engineering power and being here has transformed our business. It has been a fabulous success, with so much more potential for growth.