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JCB announces 400 jobs 'at risk' in UK

JCB - which has its headquarters in Staffordshire - has announced it is to begin a consultation with staff over proposed redundancies. It's after a downturn in the world market for construction equipment. It's not known where the jobs will go.

Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The company says up to 400 staff positions are at risk in the UK, but they hope to consider voluntary redundancies.

The Chief Executive of JCB Graeme Macdonald said:

Market conditions in the construction equipment sector have been difficult for some time, but they have worsened quite rapidly in recent weeks. The situation is not about to improve, certainly not in the short term.

– Graeme Macdonald, CEO, JCB

In the first six months of the year, overseas markets have dropped dramatically:


VIDEO: JCB GT crowned fastest digger in the world

The JCB GT was today crowned the fastest digger on earth after reaching speeds of more than 70 miles an hour in Australia.

The JCB GT - originally designed by the Staffordshire-based company to perform high-speed wheelies at racing events – made the attempt in front of independent record officials at Bathurst, near Sydney.

Guinness World Records has today confirmed that the powerful JCB digger was officially the fastest backhoe loader in the world with a speed of 72.58 mph.

The JCB GT has been crowned fastest digger on earth after reaching 70mph Credit: JCB

To celebrate the win the JCB GT went on a tour of Sydney and took a bow for photographers in front of other world-famous icons – the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

JCB Demonstration Driver Matthew Lucas - nicknamed ‘The Dig’ during the attempt - was the man who steered the JCB GT to its world record title.

The 43-year-old from Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent, said: “It was great to be involved in such an exciting project and a real honour to be behind the wheel when we achieved the record.”


Record numbers of young women in JCB training

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: PA

A record number of young women have started work at Staffordshire-based JCB as apprentices.

The group - who have just completed their first week at the company - have been recruited as part of JCB's Young Talent initiative, which has just created more than 100 new jobs for apprentices, graduates and undergraduates.

The new female apprentices come from all over the Midlands, including Stoke-on-Trent, Cannock, Rugeley, Stone, Solihull and Newcastle.

Staffordshire based JCB takes £35 million order

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Staffordshire based JCB has taken its biggest order of the year.

One thousand machines, worth a total of £35 million will be made in the Midlands for a UK customer.

It puts the firm, which employs 12,000 people around the world, on course for their best year since 2007.

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