The story of JCB

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 the past 70+ years, we have gone from one man in a garage in Uttoxeter to a major global brand renowned for its pioneering spirit. All of this is down to our people – a 12,000-strong worldwide workforce that make up the JCB family. Our achievements have been considerable, but at JCB we believe in always looking ahead to the next development, the next level of success. As you read, JCB continues 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. JCB will be there to support you every step of the way.

Do take the time to read through our innovation milestones below. 

Anthony Bamford

JCB Chairman


Innovation milestones

  • 1949:JCB major loader revolutionizes 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 sets new standards for skid steer safety
  • 1997:JCB Teletruk takes the industry by storm
  • 2006:2 JCB 444 diesel engines power the JCB Dieselmax to the diesel world land speed record
  • 2010:JCB Eco machines take machine efficiency and productivity to new class-leading levels
  • 2011:The ‘Story of JCB Visitor Center’ 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 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