With an increasing workload, market diversity and ongoing investment in development EMS identified the need to reinforce its board of directors by elevating Joseph Meakin, our operations manager to the level of Associate Director.
To accommodate its increasing work in progress and expansion for further product development EMS has acquired an additional factory unit on the Stoke on Trent industrial estate.
This year saw finalisation of the development and patent application for the EMS Hydrake®, which is an hydraulically powered, PLC controlled, cost effective alternative for the traditional, mechanically driven grit rake that is frequently seen as an integrated part of a detritor grit separation system.
The Hydrake® can be easily installed into new civil structures or retrofitted into existing civil structures.
In this year EMS achieved the ‘Investors in People’ accreditation.
Following the upward trend of growth & expansion EMS opened a distribution outlet in France.
During this year the primary concept of the EMS Hydrake® was born and preliminary sketches and configurations were evaluated.
BAs a result of its export drive this was the first year EMS started to receive substantial orders of ram pumps from its USA distributor as well as its first order of ram pumps from the Sultanate of Oman.
This year saw the renewal of several framework contracts with the water authorities as well as a new framework with Yorkshire Water for the maintenance and repair of all their ram pumps.
The ongoing investment in exports markets brought new orders for capital equipment from our Hong Kong, USA and Australian distributors to illustrate a growing penetration outside the UK as well as inside the UK.
The alarming engineering skill shortage in the UK has reinforced EMS’s decision to expand its apprenticeship and training scheme and 2013 saw many of its young engineers achieving good grades at college.
These two years were incredibly busy for EMS due to the new AMP5 period for the water treatment industry having a slow start in 2010. Further investment was made in engineering design, 3D and 2D work stations and engineering resources.
Several orders for bespoke grit removal plants demonstrate an acceptance in the market place that by utilising its grit dredging pumps EMS has the products, resources and skill to custom design and manufacture grit removal systems for difficult or strenuous applications that cannot be satisfied with ‘off the shelf’ equipment or standard designs.
2010 has already seen EMS
being awarded a framework for the supply of
ram pumps for up to 10 years and the award
of a framework for the removal of grit for
up to 10 years, both by Scottish Water. This
alone secures a constant influx of work into
the new manufacturing facility for the
In 2008 EMS was awarded the
single biggest water treatment ram pump
order ever in the UK for almost £1m by the
BNM consortium on behalf of Severn Trent
Water for 22 very large ram pumps to be
installed at Minworth in the West Midlands.
In 2009 EMS achieved
accreditation to OHSAS 18001 standard and
reinforced its commitment to quality and
environmental by retaining ISO:9001 and
ISO:14001. This year also saw new products
being launched into the grit removal market.
The drive for 2006/7 is for further UK water
authority Framework achievements and deeper
penetration into overseas markets. EMS has
already established outlets in the USA,
middle east and far east and is to establish
a new UK manufacturing facility to support
the growing demand for ram pumps.
By 2005 EMS had achieved ISO 9001:2000 and
by early 2006 had achieved ISO 14001:2000
By 2004 EMS had started to win framework
supply contracts, typically with Scottish
Water and United Utilities and had become
compliant suppliers or preferred suppliers
to most water authorities in the UK.
In 2002 Engineering & Machinery Services Ltd
changed its name to EMS Industries Ltd., as
the original name no longer represented the
company’s future direction as the UK’s
premier manufacturer of sludge ram pumps and
provider of sound engineering solutions
In 1998 Engineering & Machinery Services
became a limited company. In the same year
manufacturing of the first sludge ram pumps
commenced along with filter presses and
bespoke PLC control systems. Typical clients
have been Thames Water, Southern Water,
Severn Trent Water, Zeneca, Vauxhall Motors
and Shell UK.
In 1998 Engineering & Machinery Services Ltd
opened a sales and service centre in
Glasgow, Scotland, to accommodate the needs
of it's Scottish clients.
In 1997, as the company continued to
flourish, Paul Hawthorne joined Engineering
& Machinery Services as Technical Director
to control the technical requirements now
demanded by the ever growing assortment of
new challenges being confronted.
The original Engineering & Machinery
Services was formed as a partnership in 1995
by three engineers, John Nash, David Bates
and Chris Melvin, who had knowledge and
experience of heavy machinery and control
systems in the water treatment,
manufacturing, chemical and mining
industries and who shared a common interest
in challenging new, ambitious engineering