With its tell-tale bright yellow paint, you’d recognise this mechanical digger anywhere. Used at construction sites and even archaeological excavations around the world, it’s often colloquially called a ‘JCB’. In fact, JCB even has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, where it is listed as a trademarked term for the mechanical digger.
But the word comes from one company in particular. Founded in 1945 in England, JC Bamford Excavators Limited now has factories around the world. But its head office is still in Staffordshire and it continues to be run by the founder’s family.
Today, when it’s at capacity the factory turns out one vehicle every seven minutes – particularly impressive as each one requires more than 4,000 different parts.
What actually goes into making one of the company’s famous vehicles? BBC Future went to the factory to find out. Watch the video above to see more.
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Correction: The original version of this text stated that the Oxford English Dictionary listed the term JCB as a synonym for any mechanical digger, when it is listed as a trademarked term for the company's digger. We regret the error.
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