JCB India Limited is a leading manufacturer of earthmoving and construction equipment in India. The company started as a joint venture in 1979 and is now a fully owned subsidiary of J.C Bamford Excavators, United Kingdom. With five state-of-the-art factories in India, it today manufactures a wide range of world-class equipment, not only for India, but also for global markets.
JCB introduced Backhoe Loaders in India 35 years ago and has since expanded its product range to over 45 models in eight product categories. The Ballabgarh factory near New Delhi, which is the world’s largest factory for Backhoe Loaders, is also the Headquarters for JCB India. This facility, apart from Backhoe Loaders, also manufactures Skid Steer Loaders, Telehandlers, Diesel Engines and Diesel Generators.
The company expanded its operations in 2006 and 2007 by setting up two factories at Pune for its Heavyline business. These factories manufacture Tracked Excavators, Wheeled Loaders, Compaction equipment and Fabrications for the Group. With 400 engineers, Pune also has JCB’s largest Design Center outside of the United Kingdom.
A further investment in India was made at Jaipur in 2014 with the inauguration of a 115-acre, eco-friendly, green manufacturing facility. This facility currently manufactures Fabrications for the Group. With all plants operating on the principle of one global quality, JCB India is a manufacturing hub for global markets. Products made in these factories are sold not just in the Indian market but are also exported to more than 65 countries.
Over the years JCB has invested Rs. 2,000 crores in India and today employs 5,000 people in its Indian operations. It has a network of more than 60 dealers and 650 outlets spread throughout India, who further employ 6,000 professionally trained people. These far-reaching outlets provide the vital product support to customers for their equipment. Four strategically set up warehouses at Pune, Chennai, Faridabad and Kolkata support these dealerships and outlets for parts supplies.
It has also built and supported an indigenised supply chain for the manufacturing of its products. Over 380 world-class Indian suppliers are aligned to JCB’s Group objectives and have grown along with JCB through various supplier development initiatives.
JCB is also creating employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth through its 15 Operator Training Centres in India. It provides a one month certified course on machine operations and maintenance, which includes both, classroom and practical training on how to operate JCB machines safely and productively. It has a 16 week detailed induction program at the welding training school at the Jaipur facility for ITI and Diploma graduates. Comprehensive skills developed through these programmes have helped young men and women progress in their careers, especially lady engineers, who now work in traditionally male dominated areas of manufacturing such as welding and assembly.
JCB is committed to CSR through the Lady Bamford Charitable Trust. Registered in the year 2000, the Trust has followed an organic and consistent growth with a focus on disadvantaged communities around JCB factories in India. Today its outreach extends to 29 Government schools and 6 vocational training centres through which it reaches out to about 15,000 students and trainees. The Trust is active in communities around its three factories in Ballabhgarh (Haryana), Talegaon (Maharashtra) and Baghru (Rajasthan).
For more than three decades, JCB has remained committed to India. It has launched new and innovative India centric products, opened new factories with customer focus and one global quality being at the core of its operations.