Milestone: 200,000th engine rolls off JCB’s production line

Posted on 20 Jul 2012

JCB has celebrated a manufacturing milestone with the production of the 200,000th JCB Dieselmax engine.

The first JCB engine was produced in November 2004 at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire, after years of development and an £80m investment.

Of the total number of engines, 170,000 were produced at JCB Power Systems and 30,000 in India, where manufacturing began in April last year.

Director of engine programmes Alan Tolley said: “Since 2004, the JCB Dieselmax engine has earned an unrivalled reputation for reliability and durability in the off-highway sector. It has also given JCB complete control over its destiny in powertrain technology.”

In 2006, two slightly modified Dieselmax engines powered the JCB Dieselmax car to a diesel landspeed record of 350mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA.

JCB engines are fitted into more than 70 per cent of the machines the company manufactures as well as high numbers of third part products.