JCB closed 21 of its 22 factories, from India to Brazil, in March, and furloughed most of its 6,500 UK staff. In April, engineers making medical-grade visors for the NHS at home were given access to 3D printers. It also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS and distributed more than 35,000 meals to vulnerable people. In May, it restarted production at some UK plants, but also said that 950 jobs would be cut. It is owned by the Bamford family and led by chief executive Graeme Macdonald, 52. JCB received approval for a £600m loan from the Bank of England last month.
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