Wrexham-based JCB Transmissions has marked a major manufacturing milestone – the production of two its two millionth powertrain.
The company was set up in 1978 with less than a dozen employees in a single factory on the Wrexham Industrial Estate. JCB Transmissions now employs more than 400 people in two plants covering a total area of 450,000 sq ft, one manufacturing gear boxes and the other axles.
Today the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales, visited the company for a look behind the scenes and to mark the production of the two millionth powertrain – the JCB transmission system comprising two axles and a gearbox.
JCB Transmissions Director and General Manager Robert Owen said: “We are delighted to give the Secretary of State an insight into how this business has developed over nearly 40 years. From small beginnings, JCB Transmissions has grown into one of the area’s major employers, making a significant contribution to the local economy.
“To have produced two million powertrains really is something to celebrate. It’s a testament to continuous product innovation and the efforts of the whole team at JCB Transmissions that this business thrives and has achieved this significant milestone.”
Over the past 37 years the company has become the main supplier of axles and gear boxes for JCB. The Wrexham site is also home of JCB Drivetrain Systems Ltd, which was set up in 1985 and sells transmissions, axles and engine components to third party customers around the world.