JCB hits 1 million milestone
By Chris Sleight01 May 2013
JCB has celebrated the production of its millionth machine, a 22 tonne JS220 tracked excavator which was painted silver to mark the occasion. The company also commissioned a 900 m2 picture to cover the 207 windows of its world headquarters in Rocester, UK, which took five people 50 hours to put up.
JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said, “It’s taken JCB more than 67 years to produce its millionth machine. Incredibly, one third of those machines has been produced in the last six years. Reaching the million milestone is the result of a huge effort by the JCB team past and present and it’s an achievement everyone can be justifiably proud of. Given our continuing growth, JCB’s two millionth machine will be produced in considerably less time.”
More than 2,500 JCB dealers and customers will be joining in the celebrations in the next five weeks as the company embarks on the next phase of its global growth programme by staging the biggest ever product conference in its 67-year history. The event in Staffordshire is showcasing all the latest machines in JCB’s construction, agricultural and industrial ranges.
JCB CEO Alan Blake added, “The global dealer and customer conference is the biggest in JCB’s history and unveiling our latest product innovations to delegates, will be a key driver for our future growth. Given the scale of the event, JCB’s investment in this conference is also providing a very positive spin off for the local and regional economy.”