JCB has officially opened its world logistics site at Newcastle-under-Lyme. The site is the central receiving hub for supplier-bought components used in the manufacture and assembly of JCB machines.
The company’s move to the premises saw the consolidation of seven warehouses into one and as a result will see road mileage reduced by 20 per cent per year. The new facility holds almost 25,000 pallets of components.
JCB World Logistics took over the former 383,000 sq ft Blue Planet warehouse in July 2013. The site is run by logistics partner DHL and over the past six months almost 80 new warehouse and office staff and 20 drivers have been recruited. In the next two years employment levels are expected to triple to more than 300 as the facility becomes fully operational.
JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald said: “Staffordshire is where JCB’s business started almost 70 years ago and Staffordshire is where our heart is, so I’m delighted that the opening of JCB World Logistics is bringing more employment opportunities to the county.”
Based on land next to the A500, JCB World Logistics is one of the UK’s most environmentally-friendly buildings with rainwater harvesting facilities, optimised use of natural light and the deployment of sustainable and recyclable materials in the construction and fitting out of the building.
JCB has also signed an option to purchase an adjacent 7.7 acres of land from the local authority to facilitate future expansion.
*JCB, with DHL Supply Chain, was winner of the Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial category in the 2012 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.