British equipment maker JCB enjoyed a record sales year in 2017 due to a swelling global market.
JCB sales increased 28% and passed £3bn for the first time, up from up from £2.62bn in 2016.
The company’s machine sales increased to 75,693, up from 66,011 in 2016, while earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by almost 19% to £341m (up from £287m in 2016).
The firm said sales continued to rebound in 2018, pushing JCB’s 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 added: "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 7,600 people.
The firm is investing £50 million in a new British plant to manufacture cabs for its machines in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The factory will open in 2019.
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