DJB Engineering Ltd was founded in 1973 in Peterlee, County Durham in England by David John Bowes Brown. The company was renamed as Artix Ltd in 1985 after Caterpillar Tractor bought the rights to the Designs.
The Firm built its first Articulated Dump Truck (ADT) a model D250 in 1974, based on a Caterpillar drive train. The trucks were marketed exclusively through "Caterpillar" dealers world wide as the major components were all "Caterpillar".
The range was expanded and sales grew steadily with Caterpillar buying the rights to the design & branding them as CAT in 1985 and eventually buying the company out in 1995.
- D250 - 25 ton, 1974
- D300 - 30 ton
- D400 - 40 ton
- D550 - 55 ton, 1986 ( dropped after 2 years as sales too slow)
- Cat D740 + Cat D740E E= Ejector in place of tipping body
David J B BrownEdit
The firm was founded by David J B Brown, an engineer with a history of involvement in innovative design. He had worked for Chaseside, Bray, and went on to start DJB Engineering in 1973. After selling the design rights to Caterpillar in 1985 he went on to buy Bedford trucks from General Motors in 1987 and renamed the firm AWD (GM retained the Bedford brand name). David Brown also patented the Multidrive concept and marketed it to the military and quarry and mine users as a heavy duty semi on-off highway vehicle.
Other ADT manufacturersEdit
- Aardvark Engineering
- Caterpillar Inc.
- DDT Engineering
- Hudson - Leeds-all dumpers
- MT Engineering
- Shawnee Poole - Forerunner to the ADT - Articulated Tractor + Dump trailer combination
- Volvo Construction
- Classic Plant & Machinery Magazine, Vol4 no.1, September 2005.
- Ford Tractor Conversions, by Stuart Gibbard.
- Caterpillar Chronicles by Eric C. Orlemman.