JCB donated £1m of machines to help clear the devastation caused by December’s tsunami. The company is practically synonymous with diggers – not bad for a family firm that began by making farm trailers from scrap metal. Established in 1945 by the late Joseph Cyril Bamford, and now chaired by his son Sir Anthony, JCB has grown to become what is reputed to be the world’s fifth-largest construction-equipment maker, producing 186 different machines at plants in Britain and America. In April, it announced plans to spend more than £30m on new production plants in India and China, which should boost sales from the £902m reported for 2003.
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