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Jacobs Vehicle Systems produces 50,000th engine brake at new Brno plant


David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Jacobs Vehicle Systems recently shipped the 50,000th engine brake manufactured at its European facility, near Brno in the Czech Republic, to Daimler. Jacobs currently supplies all European Daimler orders from Brno.

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With headquarters in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and a manufacturing facility in Suzhou in Eastern China, Brno has become Jacobs’ third production location as the company continues to expand its global capacity, the company says.


Jacobs expects the plant in Brno is expected to play an important role in the further growth of the company. Future, phased development of the 2,000 square-meter plant in Brno could see production gradually increase to 200,000 units annually, Jacobs says.

Since September 2019, Jacobs has manufactured all engine brakes for Daimler in Europe in Brno, with the supply of Daimler’s North American orders satisfied by Jacobs’ production facility in Bloomfield, USA. To date, Jacobs has supplied over 8 million engine brakes to heavy-duty engine manufacturers and commercial vehicle manufacturers worldwide.



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