JCB said that it has now made enough diggers to stretch from the UK to Australia.
The landmark has been marked by encasing the whole of the glass frontage of the world HQ at Rocester in a graphic wrap. The picture covers an area of more than 900m² and a total of 207 windows have each been individually covered with a section of the print. Five people pieced the giant jigsaw over a total of 50 hours.
Behind the glass in the reception area is the actual one millionth machine, a 22t JS220 tracked excavator in silver.
JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “It’s taken JCB more than 67 years to produce its millionth machine. Incredibly, one third of those machines has been produced in the last six years. Reaching the million milestone is the result of a huge effort by the JCB team past and present and it’s an achievement everyone can be justifiably proud of. Given our continuing growth, JCB’s two millionth machine will be produced in considerably less time.”
More than 2,500 JCB dealers and customers will be joining in the celebrations in the next five weeks as the company embarks on the next phase of its global growth programme by staging the biggest ever product conference in its 67-year history. The event in Staffordshire is showcasing all the latest machines in JCB’s construction, agricultural and industrial ranges.