50,000th JCB dieselmax engine rolls off the line

Published:  28 July, 2007

JCB is celebrating the production of its 50,000th engine - less than three years after the first one rolled off the line following an 80 million investment.

It was November 2004 when the first JCB Dieselmax engine was produced at the plant in Dove Valley Park, Foston, Derbyshire, where 160 people are now employed and where 170 engines a day are manufactured.

Since then the engine has powered the JCB Dieselmax car to a new landspeed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, where the car reached 350.092mph.

The JCB engine powers more than 50% of JCB's machines and is also enjoying increasing success with sales to third party original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers.

The 50,000th engine will be fitted into a site dumper manufactured by NC Engineering, of Richhill, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. JCB Group chief operating officer Matthew Taylor recently presented the engine to NC Engineering managing director Norman Nicholl.

Matthew Taylor said: "The development and production of the JCB engine has been an amazing achievement for JCB and for everyone involved, particularly at JCB Power Systems. Bearing in mind that we did not begin to manufacture our own engine until November 2004, to have produced our 50,000th engine in less than three years is stunning.

It"s also testament to the quality of the engine that more and more third party customers are investing in it for their own equipment.

The JCB Dieselmax engine has the option of two independent engine PTOs (Power Take Offs) which allows accessories such as hydraulic pumps and compressors to be driven from the engine.

The engine was developed during a five-year project that cost 80 million JCBs largest ever single investment. Production started early this year of the common rail Tier III engine, bringing it in line with the latest environmental legislation. JCB engines were also approved for the use of B20 Biodiesel, including 20 % biofuel.
The engine powers JCB backhoe loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers, mid range wheeled loading shovels, rough terrain forklifts, large skid steer loaders and the JCB range of generators.

For further information please visit: www.jcb.com

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