Flags fly at half-mast at JCB
JCB chairman Lord Bamford leads the company’s tributes following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh
FLAGS at JCB’s factories around the world were today flying at half-mast in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh, following his death at the age of 99.
After the official announcement from Buckingham Palace, JCB chairman Lord Bamford led tributes on behalf of the company. He said: ‘I am enormously saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip and I extend my deepest condolences to The Queen and the Royal Family.
‘We had the pleasure of welcoming Prince Philip to JCB on three occasions over the past 40 years, most recently in 1998 when he officially opened the new JCB Transmissions factory in Wrexham. He has been a tremendous ambassador for this country, for business and for engineering in particular.’
Prince Philip’s first visit to JCB was to the World HQ at Rocester in July 1981 when he presented a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement to JCB Service. The Award was received by Anthony Bamford. During the visit, he was introduced to JCB founder Joseph Cyril Bamford on a tour of the factory, when he also met scores of employees.
In December 1995, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed to the World HQ for a special visit to mark JCB’s 50th birthday. It was the highlight of a year of celebrations as the Royal couple spent two-and-a-half hours touring the factory and offices.
The visit concluded with a celebration lunch for 200 people, including employees and customers who had been key to JCB’s success over the prior half century. During the visit, The Queen officially opened a replica of the original garage in which JCB were founded on 23 October 1945.
In 1998, during his visit to officially open the new £20 million JCB Transmissions factory in Wrexham, Prince Philip toured the plant and started the first manufacturing machine at the 230,000 square foot facility. During a shop-floor tour, he also met scores of employees, including many who had joined JCB Transmissions when the business opened in 1978.