ROCESTER, Staffordshire, U.K. – Hundreds of JCB employees joined in the celebrations to mark the production of the company’s one millionth machine – enough diggers to stretch from the UK to Australia.
The landmark is being marked in vivid style with the whole of the glass frontage of the World HQ at Rocester, Staffordshire, UK, being encased in a graphic wrap marking the achievement. The picture covers an area of more than 9,700 sq. ft. and a total of 207 windows have each been individually covered with a section of the print – evolving like a giant jigsaw puzzle over a total of 50 hours as five people pieced it together.
Nestled behind the glass in the reception area is the actual one millionth machine, a 22 ton JS220 tracked excavator in shimmering silver. Staggeringly, if all of the one million machines made by JCB were laid out end-to-end they would stretch from the UK to Australia.
JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “It’s taken JCB more than 67 years to produce its millionth machine. Incredibly, one third of those machines has been produced in the last six years. Reaching the million milestone is the result of a huge effort by the JCB team past and present and it’s an achievement everyone can be justifiably proud of. Given our continuing growth, JCB’s two millionth machine will be produced in considerably less time.”
More than 2,500 JCB dealers and customers worldwide will be joining in the celebrations in the next five weeks as the company embarks on the next phase of its global growth program by staging the biggest ever product conference in its 67-year history. The event in Staffordshire is showcasing all the latest machines in JCB’s construction, agricultural and industrial ranges.
As JCB worldwide celebrates the one millionth machine, JCB’s North American headquarters reached a milestone of its own on April 5, 2013 when the Savannah, GA facility produced the 6,000 JCB skid steer loader.
The 500,000 sq. ft., Savannah facility built in 2000 produces JCB’s full range of 17 models of the world’s safest skid steer loader and compact track loader for worldwide distribution.