JCB marks 70 years with holiday and special edition backhoe

JCB has marked its 70th anniversary today by giving employees around the world an extra day's holiday - and by launching a limited edition version of its most famous machine.

Sir Anthony Bamford. Image: JCB
Sir Anthony Bamford. Image: JCB

On 23 October 1945 the late Joseph Cyril Bamford founded the company in a tiny garage in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, making trailers from wartime scrap. Today the company has 22 factories, 11 in the UK and others in India, the USA, Brazil and China employing more than 12,000 people – all of whom were today enjoying the additional day off.

The milestone is also being marked with the production of a limited edition version of the iconic 3CX backhoe loader which fuelled the company's success. A total of 70 of the special machines will be made in a livery last seen nearly 40 years ago on the JCB 3CIII model.

The limited 'platinum' edition backhoes which will go into production in earnest at JCB's World HQ in Rocester next month. They will come complete with red buckets, full white cab and red wheels instead of the customary black and yellow finish. And in a nod to the demands of the modern operator, the colourful machines will also be equipped with in-cab coffee makers.

The limited edition 3CX backhoes - which have a top speed of 40kph - will be fitted with 109 hp JCB Tier 4 Final Ecomax engines manufactured at JCB's plant in Derbyshire.

Since JCB's first was manufactured in 1953, the company has produced more than 600,000 backhoes and now sells them in 120 countries. JCB has also been the world's biggest manufacturer of backhoes for 15 years in succession with a range that spans 40 models from the compact 1CX through to the mighty 5CX.

Today Bamford's son, Sir Anthony Bamford, said that JCB and its employees should be very proud of what has been achieved over the past 70 years – but the company’s focus is very much on the future.

He said: "Seventy years is a long time, but the past is the past and while we are proud of it, our engineers are really only interested in the future and the products of tomorrow. You cannot rest on your laurels in business; you have to be thinking of tomorrow, the changing world markets and the products our customers need."

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