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Lord Bamford honoured for UK manufacturing impact

IMeche President Prof Richard Folkson, left, and Lord BamfordOne of the country’s leading professional engineering bodies has bestowed its highest honour on Lord Bamford for his “huge impact” on UK manufacturing.

The JCB Chairman has been appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) at a ceremony in London after more than 50 years in the industry.

Lord Bamford was presented with the Honorary Fellowship along with Ratan N Tata, who was the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group, for almost 20 years, by IMechE President Professor Richard Folkson.

Professor Folkson, said: “I would like to congratulate Lord Bamford on his appointment as Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This is a very well deserved honour, recognising the huge impact Lord Bamford has made to UK manufacturing and innovation.

"It is thanks to his leadership and vision that JCB is the success it now is and he is one of the strongest and most inspiring ambassadors for British engineering.”

Lord Bamford said: “I’m delighted by this honour, which is a tribute to all the work of JCB’s engineering team. I encourage all our engineers to pursue professional accreditation with IMechE. Engineering is a very exciting profession and it offers real opportunities to make a difference to the world in which we live.”

Lord Bamford’s career began with a two year engineering apprenticeship at Massey Ferguson, in France, before he started at the JCB World Headquarters, in Rocester, Staffordshire, in 1964. He has been Chairman of JCB since 1975.

He was the inspiration behind a project that resulted in the JCB Dieselmax car, powered by two JCB engines, setting the current world land speed record for a diesel-powered car at 350mph in August 2006. He also spearheaded the establishment of the £22m engineering-focused JCB Academy in Rocester, which opened in September 2010.