If all the machines JCB has produced were parked end-to-end, they would reach from the UK to Australia. Overseas sales accounted for four-fifths of the Staffordshire company’s sales of £2.5bn in 2014, a slight decline from 2013, partly due to a slowdown in emerging markets such as India. Since 1975, the business has been run by chairman Lord Bamford, 69, whose father founded it. JCB celebrates 70 years in business later this year.
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