JCB’s chairman Lord Bamford, 72, unveiled the Staffordshire firm’s first electric excavator in March this year — the 1.9-ton digger produces zero emissions and is the company’s quietest machine yet. The business also recruited 600 new employees in the first half of the year, citing “unprecedented global demand” for its machines. Profits rose 36% to £221m in 2016, boosted by a new factory opened in Jaipur in 2014. The company first began operating in India in 1979 and the country now accounts for about 20% of JCB’s revenue.
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