January 8, 2013
On December 12, 2012, JCB marked the production of its half-millionth backhoe loader – the machine that made the company known around the world.
The first backhoe loader came off the assembly line in Rochester (Staffordshire, Great Britain) in 1953. The machine, named the Mark One, was the first in the history of the construction machinery industry to be equipped with hydraulic drive.
Only 35 of these machines were manufactured in 1954 in the first six month of production, and it took more than 20 years to produce the first 50 000. Today, a new JCB backhoe loader comes off the line every three minutes.
Despite its considerable age, this multipurpose machine is still a sales leader and the fourth most popular construction machine in the world.
On this day, Sir Anthony Bamford, Chairman of the Board of JCB, joined hundreds of the company’s employees at JCB’s headquarters to celebrate the production of 500 000 backhoe loaders.
He said: "When my father first produced this machine many years ago, we could not even have imagined the success that awaited it, and that it would mechanize many jobs that were previously done manually.
Our backhoe loader is the world’s most versatile construction machine, and this will guarantee its success in the future. ”
JCB has always made substantial investments in its backhoe loader model line. One of first major advances was production of the 3CX model equipped with leading edge technologies in 1980, in which the company invested 24 million pounds sterling. Today, JCB is preparing to launch production of backhoe loaders equipped with JCB Ecomax engines, which will allow our customers to cut fuel consumption by up to 11%.
Sir Anthony added: "Production of the 3CX was a turning point in the history of JCB backhoe loaders; since then, our machines have received increasing recognition, allowing our company to grow and expand its product range that now includes more than 300 machines.
In the last 60 years, innovations have made JCB a world leader in the production of backhoe loaders and they will keep us in first place for the next 60 years. ”
Along with backhoe loaders, JCB also manufactures Loadall telescopic handlers, track-type and wheel excavators, front end wheel loaders, mini and micro excavators, general-purpose machines, skid steer mini loaders, track-type loaders, compaction equipment, rough terrain forklifts and Fastrac tractors.
JCB backhoe loaders are manufactured in Great Britain, India and Brazil and are sold in 120 countries. The company’s division that manufactures these machines has been honored with seven Queen’s awards.
In past years, members of the Royal Family, prime ministers, politicians and TV stars have been photographed in the cab of JCB backhoe loaders. A song about a JCB backhoe loader even topped hit parade charts. And thieves used a JCB backhoe loader during an unsuccessful attempt to steal diamonds worth 350 million pounds from the Millennium Dome in 2000.
A 5CX model was the half millionth JCB backhoe loader; it is the most powerful JCB backhoe loader offered on the market. It is also the most efficient model, able to move 344 tonnes of soil per hour or perform 196 loading operations per day.
It has already promoted the expansion of JCB’s business. Our half millionth machine is being delivered to a customer in Russia, which is one of the company’s key markets.