JCB has revealed a record turnover and machine sales in 2017, as global markets continued to rebound strongly throughout the year.
The Staffordshire-based construction and agricultural machinery maker revealed that its sales turnover in 2017 increased by almost 28% to £3.35bn (2016: £2.62bn), while machine sales increased to 75,693 (2016: 66,011).
Earnings on an EBITDA basis soared by almost 19% to £341m (2016: £287m). Since 1975, JCB’s average return on investment has been over 30%. The market rebound has continued greatly in 2018 which has pushed JCB global production levels to a record level of 500 machines per day.
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “2017 was a very strong year for JCB during which we outpaced the market and set new sales records.
“While the global market grew by over 21% last year, JCB’s sales increased by almost 28%. This growth drove demand across all of JCB’s product ranges, in particular for Loadall telescopic handlers, where we are now investing in increased global production capacity.”
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “The continued growth in global markets in 2018 has seen JCB production rates reach their highest in our history.
“Employment levels across our plants are also at record highs and we now employ more than 15,000 people. In the UK alone we have recruited almost 1,100 people this year, which is superb news for JCB and great news for British manufacturing.”
JCB has 22 factories around the world, including 11 in the UK and JCB’s UK plants now employ a record 7,600 people. In June, JCB disclosed it was investing £50m in a new British plant to manufacture cabs for its machines in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The factory will open in 2019.