JCB celebrated its 61st birthday in style today (October 23) by
being presented with a Queen’s Award by HRH The Duke of Kent.
JCB celebrated its 61st birthday in style
today by being presented with a Queen’s Award by HRH The
Duke of Kent.
The Duke presented JCB Earthmovers with a Queen’s Award
in the International Trade category – an acknowledgement
of the substantial growth in overseas sales in new and existing
The Award was received by JCB Managing Director and CEO John Patterson
who acknowledged that it was “extra special” because
it was the first to be given to JCB Earthmovers in Cheadle.
And in a speech during the ceremony, HRH The Duke of Kent, said: “Your
company has a unique record in this country in that you’ve
won 18 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which is something
nobody else has done.
“But in the case of you at this particular site, the Award
being given today is your first and I do congratulate everybody
because, as you are well aware, this is not something that comes
round very easily. It is only achieved by a great deal of hard
work and basically it is only given to companies that take on the
best in the world and beat them and this is what you have been
able to do. It is an Award for every single person who works here.”
John Patterson said: “This Award is a tribute to all our
employees for the part they play in the success of these world-class
“Today’s presentation is also a double celebration
for JCB because it’s our 61st birthday. In those 61 years,
we have made great progress and today JCB is a global company with
17 factories in Britain, Germany, the USA, Brazil, India and China.
We’re now also the 4th largest construction equipment company
in the world.”
He also revealed that 2006 would be the most successful in JCB’s
history as the company would manufacture in excess of 50,000 machines – breaking
last year’s record of 45,000 units.
Mr Patterson also thanked Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
and Cheadle Town Council for their support as JCB’s business
in the town has expanded over the past 11 years.
“JCB Earthmovers is one of three factories in this town
which now collectively employ more than 1,000 people. It’s
by working in partnership with the local authorities – and
through their forward-thinking approach – that we’ve
been able to create so many jobs and produce such a positive impact
on the local economy.”
During the visit The Duke also got a chance to see the JCB DIESELMAX
streamliner and meet its driver, Wing Commander Andy Green, who
was at the factory with the car just weeks after setting a new
diesel land speed record by reaching 350.092mph at the world-famous
Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.
The Duke also met employees and among them was Anson Edge, 46,
of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, and his sons Scott, 20, and Dean 24,
both of Longton and who all work in the paint shop team at JCB
The Duke also attended a celebration lunch and among those invited
were long-serving JCB employees including Health, Safety and Environmental
Officer Ken Fountain, of Uttoxeter; Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Chris Goodall, of Lower Tean, near Cheadle, and Secretary Christine
Bennett, of Marchington, near Uttoxeter. They joined the company
in 1968, 1969 and 1972 respectively.
JCB Earthmovers manufactures a range of 28 wheeled loading shovels
and three articulated dump trucks. Exports of the products increased
by 76 per cent between 2003 and 2005, with North America being
the biggest single market.
The JCB Group has received a total of 18 Queen’s Awards – the
first being in 1969 when the company received a Queen’s Award
to Industry for Export Achievement.
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