JCB adds another gong to collection for exports of iconic backhoe loader
DIGGER manufacturer JCB has been presented with a top award for its overseas sales.
Earlier this year, the Rocester-based firm was announced as a winner of a Queen's Award. It recognised the company's success with its backhoe loader machine, with exports increasing by 150% from 2009 to 2011.
Yesterday, the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson presented the firm with the award at a ceremony which was attended by 750 staff.
Chief executive Alan Blake said: "JCB has been the recipient of 27 Queen's Awards, since its first in 1969 and in that time the backhoe loader business has won six of those awards.
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"No other business unit at JCB has such a successful record of winning Queen's Awards and this latest one comes on the eve of a very special milestone – next year it will be 60 years of making backhoe loaders.
"It is an iconic product which has helped not only put this area on the map but also helped promote Britain as a centre of manufacturing excellence."
The backhoe loader was pioneered by JCB's late founder Joseph Cyril Bamford in 1953 and the company now manufactures the machine on three continents.
These are at the company's world headquarters in Rocester, in Delhi, India and in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
It is sold in more than 120 countries altogether.