Lord Bamford, chairman of excavator manufacturer JCB, has been appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) at a ceremony in London after more than 50 years in the industry.
Lord Bamford's career began with a two year engineering apprenticeship at Massey Ferguson in France before he started at the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, in 1964. He has been Chairman of JCB since 1975. He was the inspiration behind a project that resulted in the JCB Dieselmax car, powered by two JCB engines, setting the current world land speed record for a diesel-powered car at 350mph in August 2006. He also spearheaded the establishment of the £22 million engineering-focused JCB Academy in Rocester, which opened in September 2010.
He was presented with the Honorary Fellowship by IMechE president Professor Richard Folkson.
Folkson said: "This is a very well deserved honour, recognising the huge impact Lord Bamford has made to UK manufacturing and innovation. It is thanks to his leadership and vision that JCB is the success it now is and he is one of the strongest and most inspiring ambassadors for British engineering."