JCB celebrates digger milestone

JCB today mark the production of the half a millionth backhoe loader also known as a digger. The machine that made the company famous.

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£300,000 JCB donation to Philippines rescue effort

JCB has donated machines to past disasters, including the Asian tsunami in 2004 Credit: JCB

Staffordshire digger maker JCB has said it is donating more than £300,000 worth of machines and generators to help people affected by the Filipino typhoon disaster.

The company is sending a fleet of three loaders to aid the clear-up operations following Typhoon Haiyan.

In addition, more than 120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company's Filipino dealer Camec.

JCB lifting standards in road safety

Staffordshire based heavy machinery manufacturer JCB is putting its youngest employees through a 'crash course' in road safety today.

JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central

Two hundred and fifty apprentices will take part in the course at the company's headquarters in Rocester to encourage responsible behaviour while on the roads.

Heavy diggers on the JCB factory assembly line Credit: ITV News Central

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JCB chairman named as new House of Lords peer

Sir Anthony Bamford with the Prime Minister Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The chairman of JCB, which has factories in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, has been named as a new peer in the House of Lords.

Sir Anthony Bamford is among 30 peers who will take their new seats in September after the summer recess.

Thousands of pounds raised for charity in JCB Mud Run

Cheque presented to NSPCC Credit: JCB

Hundreds of competitors have today completed the JCB Fun Run in Staffordshire, raising over £40,000 for charity.

The event, now in its second year, attracted 1,000 entrants – double last year’s field – for the five-mile endurance course, which raised cash for the NSPCC.

A runner covered in mud Credit: JCB

The JCB Mud run took place on land owned by the company near to its World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.

The course featured a 100ft long underground mud tunnel, cargo nets, rope swings, monkey bars and plenty of mud.

Stuck in Love - Newlyweds, Paul & Katie Kerr Credit: JCB

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JCB wins new £27million deal

The world-renowned digger which made the company famous. Credit: PA

JCB has won a new contract with a nationwide equipment rental firm, in a deal worth more than £27 million.

Eight-hundred machines have been bought by equipment hire company A-Plant.

The latest deal comes on the back of 550 machines ordered by A-Plant last year. It means the company has now bought 7,500 machines in a trading relationship with JCB stretching back 25 years.

JCB and Land Rover celebrate milestones

Two of the regions biggest businesses have been celebrating important milestones. JCB, the digger maker, has produced its one millionth machine since it started 67 years ago.

And 65 years ago, Land Rover produced its first car. The company threw a party, with that very first model as the guest of honour.

Our Business Correspondent Mark Gough reports on two very special celebrations.

Hundreds of JCB workers to celebrate millionth machine

JCB are celebrating their millionth digger
JCB are celebrating their millionth digger Credit: JCB

JCB are celebrating their millionth digger by encasing the glass front of their headquarters at Rocester, Staffordshire, in a graphic wrap to mark the event.

The picture covers more than 900m² with 207 windows covered.

Behind the glass in the reception is the millionth machine.
Behind the glass in the reception is the millionth machine. Credit: JCB

Behind the glass in the reception is the millionth machine.

JCB celebrate production of one millionth digger

JCB graphic.
JCB graphic. Credit: JCB

JCB are celebrating the production of the one millionth digger since the business started in 1945, that is enough machines to stretch from here to Australia.

The firm have celebrated the milestone by putting it onshow at their headquarters in Rocester.

To mark the anniversary the whole of the glass front of the company's world headquarters has been encased in a giant celebratory graphic.

JCB employs 10,000 workers worldwide, 300 of them in Rocester will gather outside the main reception to cheer the milestone.

The actual one millionth machine is a 22-tonne excavator painted in silver which will be behind the glass in main reception.

The celebration co-incides with the start of the biggest ever deal and customer conference in JCB's history.

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