Earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturing major JCB rolled out its 3,000th machine manufactured at its Jaipur plant during an event organised under tagline ‘Made in Rajasthan’.
Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, JCB Group Chairman Lord Bamford, CEO JCB Group Graeme MacDonald, and JCB India’s Managing Director & CEO Vipin Sondhi attended the event. ‘Made in Rajasthan’ showcased JCB’s commitment to world-class manufacturing in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Raje said, “I am happy to visit again the JCB facility which I had the pleasure of inaugurating. I am delighted that this world-class facility is not only creating employment opportunities but is also exporting products. I am also happy that JCB has created opportunities for women in what is considered a male bastion, by having over 30 per cent of the workforce on the shopfloor as women. By exporting products manufactured in Rajasthan, JCB is a brand ambassador taking ‘Made in Rajasthan’ to the world.”
Lord Bamford said, “Our operations in India started in 1979 and for nearly four decades, JCB has been contributing to building India’s infrastructure. The opportunities for growth which India presents are significant and thus, we remain committed not just to building machines, but also in making a positive difference in the lives of the people and communities whom we work closely with.”
JCB’s Jaipur plant is spread over 114 acres and was inaugurated in November 2014. Apart from being committed to providing skills to its employees, it is also facilitating the development of a manufacturing ecosystem in Rajasthan.
Macdonald said, “We are in the midst of growth in the construction equipment sector globally. This demand is being driven by countries like India. With key reforms having being undertaken and a business friendly environment, especially in states such as Rajasthan, India continues to be a priority for us.”
With the government’s increased focus towards building of world-class infrastructure in India, JCB is uniquely positioned to contribute to India’s growth. It is a full range infrastructure equipment partner, with its machines being used in several sectors like roads and highways, urban rejuvenation, irrigation and railways.
“JCB’s Jaipur Facility, in a little over three years of its inauguration, is playing a critical role in our growth plans in India. Our diverse team of young people, where women represent a quarter of the workforce is building world class products not only for Rajasthan but also for over 50 countries where they are exported to. The conducive investment environment has further made our journey in Rajasthan exciting,” added Sondhi.
JCB is also providing education and employable skills to communities near its Jaipur plant through the Lady Bamford Charitable Trust. The Trust is also contributing to the spirit of Rajasthan through its efforts to revive and preserve the art of Indigo dyeing in the state.
Today the Trust also extends support to 54 government schools and nine vocational training centres around its five factories in Delhi-NCR, Pune and Jaipur, which benefits about 16,000 students and trainees.