Top Track 100

Founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford, who used a secondhand welding kit, this Staffordshire firm has since produced more than 1m machines. Its yellow construction equipment is recognised worldwide, and overseas sales accounted for four-fifths of its £2.5bn sales in 2014. It has seen a slowdown in markets such as Russia and Brazil, but strong sales in India, where it generates 25% of its revenues. Since 1975, the group has been run by the founder’s son, Lord Bamford, 70, who is chairman.

This profile reflects the company at time of publication and does not reflect any changes that may have subsequently occurred. Fast Track and its sponsors do not endorse, guarantee or recommend investment in any of the companies.

Company details
Year2016
Rank14
CompanyJCB
ActivityConstruction equipment manufacturer
LocationStaffordshire
Sales £m2,515
Profit £m260
Year endDec 14
Principal shareholdersBamford family interests (100%)
Staff8,610
Founded1945
Websitewww.jcb.com

If applicable:

* Supplied by company † Annualised figure