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30 jobs are lost at JCB factories

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A total of 30 jobs have been lost at JCB Transmissions in Wrexham, the company has confirmed.

The firm said it had reduced its workforce at its two Wrexham plants, blaming a "softening in demand for axles and transmissions".

It said 22 employees took voluntary redundancy, five staff left, and there were three compulsory redundancies.

The company, with a 30-year history in Wrexham, remains one of the town's biggest employers, with 550 staff.

It said the decision on jobs had been made following a consultation period which started in February.

The Wrexham plants make axles, gearboxes and engine components for JCB excavators and other machines.

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