The yellow construction and earthmoving machinery made by JCB has grown into one of the nation’s best-known brands since Joseph Cyril Bamford founded the business in 1945. Still family-owned, the company’s global expansion under chairman Sir Anthony Bamford yielded record profits in 2007 on sales of £2,250m. Since then the company has warned that sales in America and parts of Europe have been hit by the credit crunch. JCB now produces 72,000 machines a year and is the third-biggest construction equipment maker in the world with about 12% of the market.

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Company details
ActivityConstruction equipment manufacturer
Sales £m*2,250
Profit £mn/a
Year endDec 07
Principal shareholdersBamford family (100%)

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