CB Chairman Anthony Bamford celebrates an unprecedented milestone with the family firm this weekend – 60 years’ service

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Having completed an engineering apprenticeship with Massey Ferguson in France, he first walked through the doors of the company’s Rocester factory as an employee on February 24th, 1964 aged just 18 and started work on the shop floor. Fast forward 60 years and Lord Bamford’s thirst for work continues at the age of 78 as he leads a £100 million project to develop hydrogen combustion engines to power the JCB machines of the future.
Lord Bamford was presented with his long service award at the JCB World Headquarters by JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald. He also received a gift of an oak tree from company Directors.
As he reflected on the 60-year milestone, Lord Bamford said: “It is hard to imagine that I have been here that long, but I really haven’t known anything else. As a family company, I was introduced to the business at a very young age and have been involved in it ever since. In fact, my earliest memory was going with my mother to take tea and sandwiches to a handful of men who were working for my father when the business was based in stables at Crakemarsh Hall, near Uttoxeter. So much has happened over the past 60 years. When I first worked at JCB, we had one factory. Now there are 22 all over the world employing more than 19,000 people. We were also making around 3,000 machines a year in 1964 and today we manufacture well over 100,000 every year. JCB’s success is very much down to the whole team around the world and, while it’s nice to reflect on the achievements of the past, my focus is very much on what our team can achieve in the future.”
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “The whole JCB team sends its congratulations to Lord Bamford on what is a momentous milestone. Such an achievement is unprecedented at JCB and al