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JCB always puts on a polished show at Bauma with a broad range of its equipment being put through some impressive hydraulicstesting manoeuvres by the company's team od demonstrators.

Sadly for JCB, it was the first Bauma without company founder Joe Bamford who died on 1 March aged 84.

Bamford founded the company in 1945 as a one man business at Rocester, Staffordshire, building trailers, largely out of scrapped war materials. By the early 1950s he had developed the ubiquitous JCB tractor backhoe and his initials soon entered the English language as the generic title of an excavator.

The company flourished under Joe Bamford's leadership for 30 years until he stepped aside from day to day managementin favour of his eldest son, now Sir Anthony Bamford. His creation continues to thrive as a global concern - the largest and most successful British manufacturer of construction equipment.

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