Founded by Joseph Cyril Bamford in 1945, JCB’s distinctive range of construction and earthmoving equipment is easily spotted on building sites and at roadworks around the world. The founder’s son, Sir Anthony Bamford, has run the Staffordshire-based business since 1975, which has grown to become the third-largest construction-equipment brand by volume. It now employs more than 8,000 people worldwide making 300 different machines for sale in more than 150 countries. The company sponsors the recently opened JCB Academy, a state-run technical college for 14 to 19-year-olds focusing on engineering and manufacturing. JCB has rebounded strongly from the downturn, with sales growing by 48% to £2,000m in 2010.

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Company details
ActivityConstruction equipment manufacturer
Sales £m*2,000
Profit £m*235
Year endDec 10
Principal shareholdersBamford family (100%)

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