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JCB gets back to work

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JCB is partially re-starting production at five of its UK factories.

Its production lines came to a halt on March 18 and the majority of 6,500 employees have been furloughed since April. Today the company confirmed that low levels of production are resuming with a package of safety measures to protect employees.

CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “Production has resumed at a very low level, mainly to satisfy demand for agricultural machinery. Ahead of this re-start, an exhaustive review was undertaken to enable us to introduce wide-ranging measures that will best protect our employees.”

The Loadall division, JCB Earthmovers and JCB Landpower have resumed production along with the transmissions and cab systems operations. More than 400 employees are returning to work.

At the same time, the company has stood down production lines which had been poised to produce thousands of special housings for a new type of ventilator.

The housings were being made for a device produced by Dyson and TTP but on Friday the Cabinet Office confirmed that, following re-assessment from a panel of expert clinicians, it was ending support of a number of devices because they would require further development and were not required to meet immediate demand.

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 12/5/2020