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Our Team at EMS consists of world leading ram pump and grit removal engineers and designers.

All product manufacture and design is done in Stoke on Trent where state of the art CAD systems and 3D modelling is employed.

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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 foreseeable future.


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 environmental accreditation.


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 frontiers.

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