JCB's Texas triumph with new site in manufacturing hub

Machinery manufacturer JCB is to unveil a new manufacturing site in San Antonio with a focus on skill development and emissions reduction

Multinational manufacturer JCB will open a factory in San Antonio, Texas, a location strongly populated by rivals Toyota and Navistar. It is expected to bring 1,500 jobs. 

JCB manufacturing: emissions reduction & skills training

JCB is the world's third biggest manufacturer of construction machinery and the largest privately-owned engineering and manufacturing company in the UK.

Its machinery is instantly recognisable in the agriculture sector, but the company also has stakes in construction, power generation and more, with machines on the ground in more than 150 countries JCB employs over 15,000 people across the world and produces hundreds of products – but it is the iconic yellow tractor that consumers will be most familiar with.

As a part of its global environmental sustainability strategy, JCB is finding innovative solutions to its customers’ needs and carefully managing the resources that go into its equipment. By 2030, JCB plans to make a 50% reduction in GHG Emissions across Scope 1 and 2, a 75% reduction in single use packaging waste, and achieve a zero deforestation risk in its supply chain by 2030.

For its San Antonio factory, JCB will be provided with state, city and county subsidies. JCB will be able to use San Antonio's taxpayer-funded Ready to Work skills-training and education programme, to help future employees reach their full potential.

According to an employment trends survey from CBI and Pertemps, three-quarters of businesses say access to skills is damaging labour market competitiveness. 60% of respondents said that they are investing in technology and automation, in order to advance their productivity (read more here). 

Yet the manufacturing industry in San Antonio is heaving already with talent. In 2016, the industry’s overall economic impact grew by 28%, which is believed to be because of technological developments - and skills improvements.

San Antonio is also home to Rackspace Technology, which recently released its ‘2023 Cybersecurity Research Report’, showing that cybersecurity is one of the greatest concerns for manufacturers.

“Cybersecurity is the top priority for manufacturers, who face serious risks of losing intellectual property, data, reputation, and revenue if breached,” said Jeff DeVerter, Chief Technology Evangelist at Rackspace Technology. “AI is driving the need for more investment and governance in cybersecurity, as well as better collaboration between security teams and C-suites. Manufacturers have increased their cyber budgets significantly to address these challenges.”

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