Manufacturing News, Early May 2019



Tata Chemicals Europe has announced that it will operate a new energy from waste plant (EFW) at its Lostock manufacturing site in Northwich, Cheshire in a joint venture worth nearly half a billion pounds. The chemical arm of the Indian conglomerate has reached an agreement for the plant with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and FCC Environment Group.


The £480m investment in the 60MW waste-to-energy plant will be one of the largest ever made on the site, which has been in operation since 1907.


It is planned to divert 600,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill and generate enough renewable electricity to reportedly power around 125,000 homes. This will offset more than 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.


The plant aligns with the increased pressure—from environmental initiatives and the international Paris Agreement—facing the industrial industry to reduce its waste, carbon footprint and build more self-sustaining models. The Lostock sustainable energy site will recover energy from residual waste left over after reusable and recyclable material has been removed.




Staffordshire digger group JCB is to invest £65 million in a new plant in India as the company prepares to celebrate 40 years of manufacturing in the country.


The new factory will be located in Vadodara near the port city of Surat in the State of Gujarat on the West Coast of India and will make parts for global production lines as the company prepares to meet increased demand.


JCB chairman Lord Bamford laid the foundation stone for the new plant, which will be JCB’s sixth in India.


The country has been JCB’s biggest single market since 2007. The announcement follows the start of work on a new £50 million factory to build cabs for JCB machines in Uttoxeter, which will be completed later this year. The factory will replace the existing JCB Cab Systems plant at Power Station Road, Rugeley.


Lord Bamford said: “With major investment in manufacturing capacity in the UK and India, we are very well placed to grow our business in the future. This year we celebrate 40 years of JCB India and our success over those four decades is down to our continual investment. It’s fitting that we mark the 40th anniversary with an investment in a factory which will give us enormous manufacturing capacity.”


JCB India already has factories in Delhi, Pune and Jaipur. Production at the new facility on a 44-cre site will begin next year. It will house the most modern laser cutting, welding and machining technology and will be a forklift free operation. It will be capable of processing 85,000 tonnes of steel annually.