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From garage lock-up to global force: JCB marks 70 years in business

As JCB marks 70 years in business, we delve into the archives and look back at some of the firm’s key milestones.



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70 years of JCB! Take a look at our timeline to see how times have changed...#happybirthday #70yearsstrong

JCB was founded on October 23rd, 1945 by the late Joseph Cyril Bamford in a tiny lock-up garage in the Staffordshire market town of Uttoxeter.

 

Today, the company exports all over the world, and its latest agricultural product sees the firm return to the systems tractor concept with the Fastrac 4000.

 


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1945

1945

JCB's first product, a tipping trailer made from war time scrap.


1945

1945

Mr Bamford set up in business in a tiny lock-up garage in Uttoxeter.


1948

1948

JCB employee the late John Wheeldon on an early product, the Major Loader.


1948

1948

The firm moves to stables at Crakemarsh Hall. Anthony Bamford in the arms of his mother Marjorie.


1950

1950

Following expansion, the company moves to the site of an old cheese factory at Rocester.


1953

1953

A specifiction sheet for JCB's first backhoe loader, the JCB MK 1 Excavator.


1953

1953

The first backhoe loader invented by Mr JCB.


1957

1957

The JCB Hydra-Digga was advertised as being able to dig through rock.


1960

1960

An iconic advert for the JCB 4 backhoe loader.


1962

1962

JCB's Dancing Diggers make their first appearance.


1963

1963

The JCB 3C backhoe loader became acknowledged as a design classic.


1964

1964

JCB exports its first machine, a 4C bakchoe, to the USA. Mr Bamford pictured left.


1968

1968

Expansion works at the Rocester HQ.


1970

1970

JCB's base in Whitemarsh, USA opens.


1977

1977

The JCB MK 3 backhoe loader range is introduced.


1977

1977

Launch of the 520 telescopic handler revolutionised the placing and handling of loads.


1980

1980

JCB's Loadall range expands with the launch of the 520M model.


1982

1982

The manufacturer launches its first mini excavator.


1988

1988

Wraps come off the 100mph JCB GT.


1991

1991

The 4CX Sitemaster was launched.


1991

1991

Launch of the JCB Fastrac takes the agricultural world by storm.


1995

1995

Sir Anthony Bamford and Mr JCB himself, Joseph Cyril Bamford.


1996

1996

Sir Anthony Bamford joins employees to mark the production of the 200,000th backhoe loader.


2004

2004

Employees celebrate the production of the 500,000th machine.


2005

2005

JCB wins a $140 million order from the US Army for its High Mobility Engineer Excavator.


2006

2006

The manufacturer's China plant was officially opened.


2006

2006

The JCB Dieselmax Streamliner car secures the world diesel land speed record.


2008

2008

JCB Heavy Products moves to a new £40 million factory in Uttoxeter.


2008

2008

JCB India opens its new plants in Pune.


2013

2013

JCB celebrates the production of the one millionth machine.


2013

2013

Agritechnica sees the launch of the 4000 Fastrac tractor series.


2015

2015

JCB has produced a 'platinum' edition of its famous backhoe loader to mark its 70th anniversary.

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