You wouldn’t think that an outbreak of a virus in China could have a knock-on effect on the production lines in the UK. And while of course, this pales into insignificant to the loss of life, it does highlight how connected we are in a global supply chain.

More than a quarter of JCB’s suppliers in China have had to close their doors because of the coronavirus outbreak. The company is, therefore, introducing a shorter working week for around 4,000 JCB and agency shop floor employees from Monday 17th February. This follows an immediate suspension of all overtime

JCB chief operating officer Mark Turner said

“Production in the UK has so far been unaffected by the situation in China. However, more than 25 per cent of JCB’s suppliers in China remain closed and those that have reopened are working at reduced capacity and are struggling to make shipments..These measures will ensure that, while we will produce machines in lower than anticipated numbers, we will do so with the same number of employees, whose skills we will need to fulfil customers’ orders when the situation returns to normal.”

Our thoughts are with all families affected by this outbreak and we pray for a swift conclusion.
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