B Hepworth celebrates 150th anniversary
UK manufacturer of marine windscreen wiper systems B Hepworth & Co is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018.
The company was founded in 1868 by Benjamin Hepworth, originally as a manufacturer of chemicals for the carpet manufacturing industry in Kidderminster.
The Eddy family acquired the business in the early 1900s, however during the 1950s and 1960s environmental pressures of operating a chemical plant in a town centre, coupled with commercial pressures led to the company looking at a different future direction; the design and manufacture of windscreen wiping systems.
In 1988 Jonathan Eddy (Hepworth’s current CEO) became MD and was responsible for a strategic change of direction, taking the company from its traditional UK commercial vehicle and bus markets to the marine and then rail markets, targeting development of those export markets.
In 2004 Jonathan Eddy concluded the successful purchase of Hepworth’s largest competitor, Wynstruments Ltd and then in 2009 a Fabrications company was bought, adding to the company’s portfolio of services. In 2015 Monitor Marine International, manufacturer of high quality, precision engineered stainless steel marine deckware and interior fittings, was acquired and in 2016, a RIM moulding division was set up and launched, adding to the company’s product offering and bringing on board clients from additional business sectors.
B Hepworth & Co will be exhibiting at Seawork on stand SR24.
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