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JCB launches six-cylinder diesel engine

Engine manufacture at JCBConstruction, agricultural and military vehicle maker JCB has announced plans to start making six-cylinder engines.

It marks a £45m investment and will create about 50 jobs, the Rocester, Staffs, firm said.

JCB first started making engines in 2004, since when it has become a world leader. Over 250,000 engines have since rolled off its production lines in the UK and India.

Today JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “In a relatively short space of time we have become a major producer of engines and today more than 70 per cent of JCB’s machines are powered by the engines we manufacture.

"The move into six-cylinder engine production is an historic moment for our business and a natural step to take and we look forward to setting new standards in performance and fuel efficiency.”

In 2006, two four-cylinder Dieselmax engines successfully powered JCB’s record-breaking Dieselmax car to a world land speed record of 350mph on the Salt Flats of Bonneville, USA.