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JCB is Europe?s largest manufacturer of Construction equipment with manufacturing plants on four continents.

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The industry name for a ?digger? is a backhoe loader, first introduced by JCB in 1953. Since then it has become a brand leader virtually the world over and its yellow machines are a part of the landscape and language. ?JCB? even appears in the Oxford English dictionary.

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The JCB Loadall machine was introduced in 1978 by JCB. A JCB Loadall weighs 11,090 kgs or 24,449 Lbs.

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JCB developed the first and still the only high speed tractor. The Fastrac is designed to combine all the benefits of a normal tractor with road versatility. A JCB Fastrac tractor can travel as fast as 65kph or 40mph on a road The JCB Fastrac has won numerous awards including the Prince of Wales award for Innovation.

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JCB has won many awards over the years for innovation, and excellence in exporting and design. Among them are 15 Queens? Awards for Technology and Export achievement.

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On the very first day Mr. JCB started his business, his son Anthony was born. So Sir Anthony shares his birthday with JCB.

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By 1948 Mr. JCB was employing 6 people. It was then he turned his attention to making a hydraulic machine. Europe?s first Hydraulic Tipping Trailer. This developed into a hydraulic arm tractor ? called Si-draulic, one of JCB?s earliest commercial hits.

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The First product to carry a JCB logo was in 1953.This was a Backhoe loader which people nowadays refer to as a JCB.

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In 1960 JCB introduced the famous 3C machine. This was a massive seller in its day, selling over 3000 in 1964. The new 3C machine provided the operator of the machine with facilities for boiling a kettle in the cab. Mr. JCB visited every purchaser of new 3C himself and presented them with their kettle. Mr. JCB?s customer visits became legendary and the 3C was an overnight success.

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Mr. JCB began the tradition of ?JCB stunts? in 1960. Elaborate manoeuvres performed for the TV cameras, such as driving a car under a machine raised up on it?s hydraulic arms, showed the versatility and power of the machine and began the tradition of the ?dancing digger show? which is now famous throughout the world.

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In 1958, Mr. JCB bought 10 scooters with the number plates JCB1 to JCB10. Over the years JCB has purchased registration plates for all company cars, which incidentally are all white. JCB owns the numbers 1-14 & 17-20, 15 & 16 are still missing.

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A JCB has been the subject matter of many songs. In 1958 Lenny Green had a song called JCB and Me, and in Ireland, the singer Seamus Moore who calls himself the JCB Man, recorded the ?JCB song?. More recently, in 2005, the band Nizlopi had a UK Christmas No.1 hit with ?The JCB Song?.

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Every machine at JCB has 400 different quality checks after it is built and before it is sold.

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Construction equipment is yellow for safety reasons. On a building site you are more likely to see a machine which is yellow than any other colour, especially if it is not in your direct line of sight.

Backhoes

All the JCB Backhoes produced in one year would be able together to move 1.3 billion tonnes of earth.

JCB generators

Did you know that the Teletubbies TV program used two JCB generators to power the filming of the latest series.

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