JCB stops production as coronavirus affects demand

JCB has stopped production from today (18th March) until the end of next week.

The company says an 'unprecedented' global decline in demand due to coronavirus is the reason for the decision.

Its nine plants are based in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham.

“These measures are unprecedented in the history of JCB but are absolutely necessary to protect the business. As we continue to deal with the health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more challenging to maintain business continuity in this volatile economic climate. “In light of this fast-changing situation, we need to re-plan our production and, as a result, manufacturing at all UK factories will cease for the rest of this week and all of next week.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald

No decision has been made on what will happen from Monday, March 30th and beyond.