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JCB Story

The story of JCB is one of innovation, ambition and sheer hard work. From small beginnings building agricultural tipping trailers in 1945, to the global force in manufacturing the company has become today, JCB has constantly pushed the boundaries in our desire to be the best. My father and company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford’s motto was, “Jamais content”, and that is exactly right – we are never content with our achievements. But I believe that even he would be amazed by what the company has become. Today, we have 22 plants on four continents and more than 750 dealers around the world.

These are exciting times. In just 71 years we have gone from one man in a garage in Uttoxeter to major global brand renowned for its pioneering spirit. All of this is down to our people – a 11,000-strong worldwide force that makes up the JCB family we are so proud of. Our achievements over the past 71 years have been considerable, but at JCB we believe in always looking ahead to the next development, the next level of success. As we speak, JCB is continuing to innovate and push the boundaries in research and development; in particular within the area of sustainability, where energy costs and emissions are becoming an increasingly important purchasing consideration. Many of our customers will need to reinvent their businesses to meet new building standards and emissions legislation, and we will be there to support them every step of the way, as we have always been.

Do take the time to read through the innovation milestones over the decades on the menu below.

Anthony Bamford

Chairman JCB


 Innovation milestones

1949: JCB Major Loader revolutionises agriculture

1952: JCB backhoe loader is born with the Mk 1 Excavator

1963: JCB 3C takes backhoe performance to new levels; a design classic

1964: JCB 7 becomes JCB's first crawler excavator

1971: JCB 110 hydrostatic crawler loader proves our pioneering spirit

1977: JCB 520 telescopic handler, a new concept, takes the industry by storm

1980: JCB 3CX marks the construction industry's largest investment in a single machine

1990: JCB Fastrac becomes the world's first fully suspended, high-speed draught tractor

1993: JCB robot skid steer loader becomes the world's safest skid steer

1997: JCB Teletruk takes the industry by storm

2006: 2 JCB 444 diesel engines power the JCB Dieselmax for the diesel world land speed record  

2010: JCB Eco machines take machine efficiency and productivity to new world-beating levels

2011: The Story of JCB Visitor Centre opens at our World HQ in Staffordshire

2012: Our award-winning Tier 4i/Stage IIIB EcoMAX engine range goes into full production

2012: Official opening of JCB’s new factory in São Paulo, Brazil

2013: The millionth JCB machine is built – a 22-tonne JS220 tracked excavator in shimmering silver

2015: 3CX Compact Tool Carrier offers big performance in small areas

2016: JCB Hydradig 110W takes the construction industry by storm with its ground-up, innovative design

2016: Agri-Pro Loadall with DualTech VT offers innovation to the agricultural industry

2016: New JCB Fastrac 8000 series tops the JCB tractor line up

2017: JCB's Access equipment range opens up new markets for JCB

2017: JCB Teleskid's innovative design offers new possibilities in the skid steer market