J C BAMFORD
JCB, or "J.C.Bamford (Excavators) Ltd." as it is more properly known, is a family business named after its founder J.C.Bamford, producing distinctive yellow-and-black engineering vehicles, diggers ("Backhoes") and excavators. Such machines are very much still around. You can find a backhoe for sale at many companies these days. In the UK, the word "JCB" is sometimes used colloquially as a genericised trademark for any such type of engineering vehicle, now appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary, although it is still treated as a trademark. JCB now make over 160 types of machines for construction, industry, and agriculture.
JCB support vehicle - Bonneville Salt Flats
The company was founded by Joseph Cyril Bamford in October 1945 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England. Its UK factories are at:-
JCB also has factories abroad in:-
In 2006, the company had 4000 employees. The first vehicle made in 1945 by JCB was a farm trailer made from war-surplus materials. In 1948 there were six people working for his company, and it made the first hydraulic tipping trailer in Europe. In 1953, the first backhoe loader was launched, and by 1964 JCB had sold over 3000 3C backhoe loaders. In particular, this was due to entering the North American market. By 1978 the company had diversified with a Loadall machine, and has lately seen success with the FasTrac tractor.
JCB also owns Vibromax, a German compaction equipment company and has also licenced its name to a line of consumer power tools, manufactured by Alba (electronics) PLC.
Most of the vehicles produced are some variant of the backhoe, with variations including:
JCB backhoe excavator - still working
JCB has also made its name in the tractor world by producing one of the first such machines to feature proper suspension capable of traveling at speed on roads. Prior to this design, the suspension was difficult because of the fixed-height connections required for farm machinery, and tractors were notoriously slow on the roads). JCB called this machine the "Fastrac", and it was featured on Tomorrow's World when it first appeared.
In April 2006, JCB annouced that they were developing a Diesel-Powered Land Speed Record vehicle known as the 'JCB Dieselmax'. The car is powered by two specially modified JCB 444 diesel powerplants that use a two-stage turbocharger to generate 750bhp, one engine driving the front wheels and the one the rear. The car is driven by Andy Green.
JCB display team
To demonstrate the versatility of the backhoe configuration, JCB set up a display team (JCB Dancing Diggers) to tour agricultural shows and produce videos, showing some of the unusual ways in which such vehicles could support themselves or manoeuvre. For example, it is quite common for drivers to support the vehicle on both scoops, either for turning on the spot without damaging ground, or for spinning the tracks in a puddle to clean them. The display team expanded this concept into a sort of vehicle gymnastics.
In popular culture
JCB's first welder - an English Electric
In every corner of the world you'll find a JCB machine. JCB is one of the world's top five privately-owned manufacturers of construction equipment. JCB employ over 5,000 people on 4 continents and sell products in 150 countries through 1,000 dealer locations.
Throughout their 60 year history, this company have always invested heavily in research and development, keeping JCB at the cutting edge of innovation.
Today, JCB has some of the finest engineering facilities across the globe, boasts a range of more than 220 machines and maintains a reputation for unrivalled customer service. JCB, is a world-class company. Visit www.jcb.com.
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