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50 Years of British Manufacturing

Centaur Manufacturing is proud to be celebrating five decades of British manufacturing. Established in 1974, and has since become an industry name in the field of PVCu cable management.

With a journey marked by continuous innovation and dedication, meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

Founded initially to manufacture channel and oval alongside other electrical components, such as trade injection moulding, switchgear and extrusion parts, the first manufacturing facility was opened in Redditch Worcestershire.

50 Years of British Manufacturing - 2 men on an extrusion line, PVCu cable management

Shortly after, the incorporation of conduit and fittings was developed. Following on from the success, was the progression to manufacturing mini and maxi trunking which is still available. 

Growing demands of the market, have lead to a requirement to prepare for future growth, and more efficient logistics, leading to a move in 1987 to the current operational facility, double in size to the previous facility along with substantial investment in additional extrusions lines, and an in-house PVCu mixing plant.

1992, saw the launch of the popular President trunking range, one of the market’s first three-compartment trunking ranges. On the back of the success of this range, further investments were made to tool up and manufacture the Campus range in 1996 and the Kensington range in 1999.  

In 2003, the bench trunking for alternative cable management support in the educational and healthcare sectors was launched. 2011 and 2012 saw significant investment again in extrusion lines, and injection moulding machines to enable an increased stock holding. 

The Meridian three-compartment Dado trunking range was designed and introduced to the market in 2015 to offer a modern, mid-range option. A more recent milestone saw the renovations of the state-of-the-art Fabrication Department in 2018 to accommodate customer-specified bespoke solutions and PVCu mixing plant in 2019

Over the past 50 years, a diverse product range has been meticulously moulded, through the origins of customer-focused product development. This broad spectrum of products caters to the evolving needs of the industry, ensuring remaining at the forefront.

In addition, for half a century, by fine-tuning the ability to create bespoke solutions that go beyond off-the-shelf offerings which highlight the dedication to British Manufacturing. This special fabrication service emphasises a commitment to providing customers with precisely what they require.

Beyond this an awareness of environmental responsibility, and proactively working to minimise any impact. Large investments in plants to aid the process of recycled materials and switching packaging supplies, such as using cardboard along with polythene lay flat tubing and bags containing recycled content have helped to reduce carbon footprint, achieving Planet Mark and Ecovadis accreditation and further enhanced commitment to a more sustainable future.

This momentous achievement couldn’t be commemorated without extending a heartfelt appreciation to the workforce, who have been the backbone of the success. With some staff reaching lengths of service upwards of 45 years, their loyalty and hard work have shaped the legacy celebrated this year.

An extension of gratitude to all who have played a part in the first 50 years, and an eager anticipation for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. With the same passion and resilience that has defined the company for the last five decades, and a pledge to forge ahead while staying true to values.

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