JCB Celebrates 500,000th Machine

Wed March 31, 2004 - National Edition

JCB recently celebrated the production of its 500,000th machine. The backhoe loader rolled off the production line at JCB headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, England.

JCB’s first product was a screw tipping farm trailer made in 1945 from wartime scrap. Today the company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction, agricultural and industrial equipment, offering more than 130 models in 140 different countries.

“It is a fantastic feat to have manufactured half a million machines and an achievement everyone associated with the company can be proud of,” JCB Chairman and Managing Director Sir Anthony Bamford said. “JCB’s production doubles approximately every 10 years so we are eagerly looking forward to the day when we manufacture our 1 millionth machine.”

JCB has plants in the UK, the United States, Brazil and India. There are also subsidiary companies in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore and Spain.

The company employs more than 4,000 people and manufactures machines in nine product ranges –– backhoe loaders, telescopic handlers, excavators, articulated dump trucks, rough-terrain fork lifts and skid steers.