JCB Tractor Dancing & Stunts : Video
J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited, universally known as JCB, is a British multinational corporation, with headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, manufacturing equipment for construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition. It is the world’s third-largest construction equipment manufacturer. It produces over 300 types of machine, including diggers (backhoes), excavators, tractors and diesel engines. It has 22 factories across Asia, Europe, North America, and South America; its products are sold in over 150 countries.
In 1960, Mr. JCB began the tradition of JCB stunts with elaborated machines manoeuvres performed for the TV cameras. The stunts, such as driving a car under a machine raised up on it’s hydraulic arms, showed the versatility and performance of the JCB machines and began the tradition of the “dancing digger show”, which is now famous throughout the world.
JCB Digger Dance at the Elvaston Castle Steam Rally in July 2011. This fleet of JCB’s has come from J C Balls in Ambergate.
JCB was founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford, after whom it is named; it continues to be owned by the Bamford family. In the UK and India, ‘JCB’ is often used colloquially as a generic description for mechanical diggers and excavators and now appears in the Oxford English Dictionary, although it is still held as a trademark.
JCB has 18 factories in the UK, Germany, North and South America, Australia, India, and China. The company employs some 12,000 people on four continents and sells its products in 150 countries through 1500 dealer depot locations. The company has a range of more than 300 products.
JCB is headquartered in Rocester, United Kingdom, which is also the production site for backhoe loaders and telescopic ‘Loadall’ handlers. It has a further three factories in nearby Cheadle, Staffordshire (JCB Earthmovers, JCB Landpower and JCB Compact Products), one in Rugeley (JCB Cab Systems), three in Uttoxeter (JCB Attachments, JCB Heavy Products and JCB World Parts Centre), one in Foston in Derbyshire (JCB Power Systems) and one in Wrexham in North Wales (JCB Drivetrain Systems). In July 2013 the company opened a dedicated logistics hub in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. This facility is the central hub for component distribution to production facilities, as distinct from the World Parts Centre in Uttoxeter which distributes spare parts to dealers and customers.
In December 2013 it was announced that the Rugeley Cab Systems plant would move to a new facility in Uttoxeter which would allow the in-sourcing of cab assembly currently contracted to third parties. This investment is to be accompanied by the expansion of the Rocester and Cheadle production sites by 2018.
Its Indian factories are based in Faridabad (Haryana), Jaipur and Pune, its US factory is in Pooler, Georgia, its Brazilian factory in Sorocaba, and its Chinese factory was completed in 2005 in Pudong near Shanghai. JCB also owns Vibromax, a German compaction equipment company based in Gatersleben.
JCB has also licensed its name and image to a line of consumer power tools, manufactured by Alba PLC.
The products are sold through franchised dealerships, many of which are often exclusive and cover whole countries.
JCB dominates the Indian construction equipment market with every three out of every four construction equipment sold in India being a JCB. JCB India’s revenue rose more than 12 times to $1 billion in 2012-13 from $75 million in 2001. The Indian operations of the UK company account for 17.5% of its total revenue.