Birmingham-based Edmar engineers 70-year milestone

Posted on 19 Aug 2015 by Jonny Williamson

Edmar Engineering is celebrating its 70th birthday in style after completing a number of major new contracts.

Set-up to help rebuild Britain’s industry after the Second World War, the firm has used its expertise in small quantity machining; one-offs; prototypes; jigs, and fixtures to complete work for clients across the automotive, aerospace, food, pharma and utilities sectors.

Guy Hicks, works manager, Edmar Engineering
Guy Hicks, works manager, Edmar Engineering.

Reaching nearly £1m turnover in the past financial year, recent growth has been partly driven by a series of production line builds for a major confectionary business – testimony to Edmar’s ability to work with clients from initial design through to production and supply.

Strategically supported by the Business Growth Service, the firm has also redeveloped the first floor of its factory with the purchase and installation of a new Excetek V500 wire EDM, a SMX4000 Milling machine, and QTS Quantum III CMM inspection equipment.

This, combined with the recruitment of three apprentices and improvers, provides Edmar Engineering with a perfect platform to make the most of its anniversary year.

Anna Hayton, who will be the fourth generation family member to run the company when she takes over from her mother Sue Taylor as managing director next year, commented: “My Great Grandfather Bill Marklew was commandeered by the MoD at the start of WWII to help enlist toolmakers and engineers to aid the war effort.

“When the war ended, instead of going back to being a foreman at Dunlop, he decided to start a business with colleague Mr Edwards…no doubt using contacts he built up during those difficult years.”

Mohammad Jamal, apprentice, Edmar Engineering.
Mohammad Jamal, apprentice, Edmar Engineering.

Hayton added: “We originally started life in a rented Nissan army hut and two storey-building, providing specialist engineering services to a whole host of industries. This diversity is still the case today and one of the main reasons we’ve been able to overcome 70 years of peaks and troughs.”

Employing 16 people at its Aston factory, Edmar Engineering, has been significantly supported by the Business Growth Service’s manufacturing experts, who have worked with the management team on a host of best practice process improvements and in planning long-term strategy.

The Government-backed organisation has also played a prominent role in signposting the company to funding opportunities that have been crucial in facilitating the recent £200,000 investment drive.

Business Growth manager, Jas Bahra noted: “This is a fantastic tale of a small engineering business evolving over the years to become an important partner to clients in numerous industries.

“Edmar is a true family-run business and a lot of these values are evident in the way it looks after its staff, the quality levels it strives for and the way it has grown steadily.”

Anna Hayton celebrates 70 years of business for Edmar Engineering.
Anna Hayton celebrates 70 years of business for Edmar Engineering.

He continued: “We have worked with the company for some time now, listening to its requirements and then delivering external advice and access to specialist programmes, such as ‘Great 200 Leaders’. Here’s to the next 70 years!”

Hayton, who will be joined in the management team by her sister Jayne Sheppard and technical director, Richard Dale, concluded: “The Business Growth Service is the first place we go to when we have questions about expansion or overcoming small issues within the business.

“We’ve always had fantastic advice and the fact we can leverage financial support to boost our growth plans is always welcome.”

Edmar Engineering is planning a number of celebrations to mark its 70th year, including the introduction of a production management system and planned purchase of its first machining centre.