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Stephenson Gobin celebrates 40 years of electromagnetic design

18 September 2012

County-Durham-based engineering firm, Stephenson Gobin, is celebrating 40 years in business. The company was founded in 1972 by Dennis and Carol Stephenson and was acquired by British Engines in 2000.

The company’s efforts were recognised last year when it won the EEF North-East award for business growth
The company’s efforts were recognised last year when it won the EEF North-East award for business growth

Using its core product stream of electromagnetic clutches and brakes, the company quickly evolved into a diversified supplier of fire security products and complete power transmissions. Forty years on, Stephenson Gobin now boasts a substantial customer base, supplying OEMs, distributors and end users all over the World with its high quality products.

The business has seen 115% growth in the past two years and has recently moved to a new site with 2.5 times the capacity of the previous premises, simply to cope with booming demand. Growth has arisen from new and exciting opportunities in all product areas, but particularly remarkable sales have been achieved by its power transmission brand, SG Transmission.

Working with global partners, the company has supplied its electromagnetic clutches and brakes for various applications, ranging from supermarket entry gates to state-of-the-art exoskeletons and luxury yachts.

David Wilson, Managing Director, said: “We are a small to medium-sized enterprise [SME] that has the belief in itself to go out onto the World stage and compete with the big boys. I hope this will demonstrate to other small manufacturers what can be achieved if you don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. As an SME you have to play to your strengths. We have the flexibility that larger firms lack, so we can compete with huge Far Eastern companies.”

As a result of its determination, the company’s efforts were recognised last year when it won the EEF North-East award for business growth and it was also recently nominated for an export award in association with HSBC.

Stephenson Gobin adds value to companies worldwide through its design team’s technical expertise and its ability to react quickly. Unlike some of its larger competitors its flexibility as a supplier and partner gives its customers an advantage over their competitors.

Design Manager Paul Short said “Engineering has changed dramatically in the past 25 years. Generally the bigger companies have disappeared and been replaced by a wide variety of smaller, locally based enterprises. To succeed and grow, you have to be much more proactive in seeking new opportunities at home and abroad.”

Alongside efficient, reliable products to ensure optimum safety, Stephenson Gobin knows that precision engineering also requires suppliers to provide a top quality service. 

Whether you have a standard requirement for a clutch, brake or electromagnet, or would like to speak to the SG Transmission design team about a customised product, find out more here

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