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JCB marks Millionth Machine Milestone in Style

ROCESTER/ENGLAND, June 13, 2013 - Hundreds of JCB employees have joined in the celebrations to mark the production of the company’s one millionth machine – enough diggers to stretch from the UK to Australia.

JBC celebrate their production of one millionth machine

Celebrating a milestone: Hundreds of JBC's employees at the company's headquarters in Rocester/Staffordshire. | photo: JCB

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 900m² 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.

The one millionth mashine in shimmering silver

Nestled behind the glass in the reception area is the actual one millionth machine, a 22 tonne JS220 tracked excavator in shimmering silver.  If all of the one million machines made by JCB were laid out end-to-end they would stretch from the UK to Australia. | photo: JCB

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 joined in the celebrations as the company embarks on the next phase of its global growth programme by staging the biggest ever product conference in its 67-year history.  The event in Staffordshire was showcasing all the latest machines in JCB’s construction, agricultural and industrial ranges.

During the conference JCB demonstrated more than 100 of its innovative machines as well as present technical details on their features and benefits. Over the period of the conference JCB has booked a total of 4,700 hotel room nights for delegates from almost 130 countries.
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