WE ARE A FAMILY COMPANY
Our success and company history.
Dewhurst UK is an independent supplier of quality components to the lift, keypad and rail industries. The company was founded in 1919 and the Dewhurst Group now has sales of around £46 million and employs over 300 people in locations around the world.
Our manufacturing plant, located on the outskirts of London, is full of the latest machine tools, and as a company we invest heavily each year on new production equipment. Our Research and Development facilities are also located in the same building and we boast the latest Computer Aided Design equipment as well as test equipment such as shadowgraphs, endurance test equipment, environmental and dust chambers.
Dewhurst is an Investor in People company and we have a highly skilled workforce who are able to give the company a great deal of vertical integration. We are also accredited with ISO 9001:2015.
Our aim at Dewhurst is ‘Fast and Fit’, we are keen to develop and supply our product ‘Fast’ as the industry we work in is constantly demanding shorter lead-time, as well as ‘Fit’, it is fundamental that the products we supply are ‘Fit’ for the job.
Over A Century of History
The company was founded in November 1919 by Melbourne Dewhurst and Howard Marryat known then as Dewhurst & Partner.
Starting off in a small repair shop in Hatton Garden and later moving to a new premises in Inverness Road. It was from here, single-handed, Melbourne Dewhurst developed a wide range of designs based on his technical knowledge and practical experience which based the future manufacturing development of the company.
After the war considerable expansion took place for a 10 year period – a seller’s market gave a wonderful opportunity to enlarge and extend the manufacture of control equipment for cranes and machine tools.
Significant expansion took place at the Inverness Road site and the total number of employees towards the end of 1950’s was approximately 800 people.
1960’s to 1990
In 1962 Alan Dewhurst took over as Chairman and in the late 1960’s and 70’s was the start of the new period of process innovation with the introduction of moulding and stainless steel colouring, as well investment in NC sheet metal equipment.
In 1976 we won a Design Council Award for the vandal resistant lift pushbutton and this signalled a major advance in this range of products, which proved to have a wide market both at home and overseas. This vandal resistant development extended into the rail and ATM market for London Underground and NCR for ATM keypads.
The Recent Years
In our 75th year, we bought Thames Valley Lift Company. Richard Dewhurst took over as Chairman and the company entered into a new period of expansion. It could be said that it has been reborn again in the last 15 years. The biggest change during this period has been to extend the geographical and product spread of the business.
In the last 15 years the Group has gone from a business at Hounslow with one Canadian subsidiary to a global business with over a dozen operating subsidiaries over 4 continents.
- Our aim is support our customers with accuracy, urgency and responsiveness. We are honest and use our integrity in everything we do with customers and staff alike.
- We consider ‘LEAN’ in everyday operations and strive to eliminate waste wherever we can and are careful with our resources.
- As a family, we learn from each other every day and work hard towards improving what we do.
Lift Components Keypads Transport Products