Staffordshire excavator manufacturer JCB has been presented with the latest in a long list of awards denoting the success of its iconic machines.
The Rocester company has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of the export success of its most famous product.
The accolade went to the business unit which produces the best known excavator in the range, the world-renowned backhoe loader which first went into production 55 years ago.
The product has gone from strength to strength since its launch and now more than one in three of this type of machine sold around the globe is made by the company, making JCB the world’s biggest manufacturer of the backhoe model.
The award was presented to the firm by HM Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr James Hawley, the Queen’s representative in the county.
It was presented to JCB chief executive Matthew Taylor at a special ceremony at the firm’s Rocester headquarters and was attended by many of the 800 employees involved in the machine’s manufacture.
Mr Taylor said: “A Queen’s Award is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company and it showcases JCB’s success on the world stage. It is a fitting tribute to every JCB employee who contributes to its success and everyone involved deserves congratulations.”
Mr Hawley said: “JCB has achieved a remarkable record, probably unmatched nationally, for the number of Queen’s Awards it has won. Such a performance is a tribute to all those who have been part of this huge success.”