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JCB in recruitment drive for 80 engineers as growth returns

10 February 2011

JCB has launched a high-profile recruitment drive for up to 80 engineers in the UK. The vacancies are across all the company’s sites in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wales and arise as JCB takes advantage of a return to growth in global markets. JCB Chief Executive Alan Blake said: “JCB’s success over the past 65 years has been built on having the very best engineering talent. This year has started very strongly and all the signs at this stage are that growth will continue throughout 2011.

“We need to respond to that growth and strengthen our excellent team of engineers with new talent as demand for our machines increases and as we develop a range of exciting new products for the future.”

The vacancies include mechanical, electronic and electrical design engineers, development engineers, research and development engineers, engine design and development engineers, technicians, apprentice engineers, undergraduate engineers and graduate engineers.

JCB has been at the forefront of engineering success, notably for the development of its JCB Dieselmax engine, two of which powered the JCB Dieselmax car to a world diesel landspeed record of 350.092mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, USA.
JCB followed up this success by developing the off-highway sector’s cleanest engine in readiness for incoming emissions legislation. The company has invested around £80 million in researching and developing a new combustion system for the new JCB Ecomax T4 4.4 litre engine - the latest generation of JCB Dieselmax engine.

The investment has delivered an industry-first solution which eliminates the need for any exhaust after-treatment and delivers cost savings for mid-range customers. The keys benefits of the innovation are reduced fuel consumption, reduced cost of ownership, better reliability and better packaging and no compromise of machine design. 

Pictured left-to-right are JCB CEO Alan Blake, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP and HE Services Chairman Hugh Edeleanu, whose company has placed a £14 million order for JCB machines. News of this order, along with the recruitment plans, was announced today (Thursday February 10) as Mr Osborne visited the JCB Transmissions factory in Wrexham.  

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