Overseas projects have helped JCB to prosper, with sales of £2.7bn in 2012. Sir Anthony Bamford, 67, has run the Staffordshire business, founded by his father, since 1975, building it into the world’s third-largest construction equipment maker by volume, selling 300 different machines in over 150 countries. Last September it opened a £63m factory in Brazil which, as host country of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, JCB sees as another key market in addition to India. Graeme Macdonald, 45, will succeed Alan Blake, 63, as chief executive in January.
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