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'The Story of JCB' is a long overdo exhibition tracing the company's growth from a simple garage tp the mulit-faceted global organisation.


 

 

 

Joe Bamford

Joe Bamford required no high-tech tools to sell his products - a pallet and megaphone was all he required.

Roger Lindley - Editor- reports

A new exhibition opens tracing the history of JCB

Many in the industry will be familiar with some of the history of JCB and the innovative thinking and engineering expertise of Joseph Cyril Bamford - Joe Bamford has he was called. A new exhibition opened by the company just shows how, one man sowed the seed for a company that was to become a global, highly competitive and much respected company.

I count myself fortunate to have met Joe not long after he officially retired - but, always the engineer, even after his retirement, he was still to be seen regularly overseeing his creation. More often than not he was to be found somewhere on the assembly line showing apprentices how to do it. To meet Joe you had to be prepared to take a greasy handshake.

cwmags: I count myself fortunate to have met Joe not long after he officially retired - but, always the engineer, after his retirement, he was still to be seen regularly overseeing his creation. More often than not he was to be found somewhere on the assembly line showing apprentices how to do it. To meet Joe you had to be prepared to take a greasy handshake.

A mock-up showing how the original workshop as used by Joseph Cyril Bamford when he started his own business after being given the sack from his Uncle's business.

Like many others, I was surprised to learn recently that Bamford manufacturing has a much longer history than the rented garage that was to be the home of what is claimed to be the first backhoe loader - a claim disputed by some. Whether the first or not, it was the beginning of a new era in construction equipment.

Joe would never in his wildest dreams have envisaged the global power that JCB was to become. In that respect, I believe that Sir Anthony Bamford, born 1945, on the day that his father, Joe Bamford, launched JCB was much better qualified to take JCB global when he took over at the end of 1975.

Sir Anthony’s career began with a two year apprenticeship at Massey Ferguson in France before he started at the Rocester headquarters in 1964.

By 1975, JCB was already as well established company, but Joe was always ‘the engineer’ whereas Sir Anthony was more management and development orientated

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