The Story of JCB


Everyone’s heard of JCB, but do you know how the company got its name? Well, if we tell you that it all started with one man, Joseph Cyril Bamford, you can probably work it out for yourself!  Yes, Mr JCB gave his company his own initials. He started everything off in 1945, right at the end of World War II, in a garage measuring 3.66 metres by 4.57 metres.  His first product was a tipping trailer and he made it using a £1 welding set and sold it at the local market for £45! 

It wasn’t until 1953 that JCB began to build diggers and in that year the world’s first Backhoe Loader was launched.  It’s the machine that many people nowadays calls a JCB.   Today, JCB make over 300 different machines and sell to over 150 countries so wherever you go in the world, you’ll always find a JCB machine!  There are machines made for all sorts of different jobs and areas.  Some of the main ones are construction sites (such as Backhoe Loaders, Telescopic Handlers, Mini Excavators and Site Dumpers), quarries (such as Large Tracked Excavators and Wheeled Loaders), roadworks (such as Wheeled Excavators and Skid Steer Loaders), industrial warehouses (such as Forklifts) and farming (such as Tractors)

The world headquarters is based in Rocester in Staffordshire and there are now 22 factories in total around the world that make all the different types of JCB machines and things like engines and attachments.  In India alone, there are 5 factories and JCB machines a regular sight in the cities and towns. 


An early dancing diggers routine

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