October 2019

Hepworth Group announce NEW marine wiper arm

Hepworth Group is proud to announce the new Wynn Straight Line wiper arm for blades from 1100mm to 1975mm.

The double arm assembly is designed for the larger window requiring a maximum to bottom coverage.

Where previously two wiper systems were necessary, top and bottom mounted to meet the coverage required, only one straight –line wiper is required. Bringing significant cost saving to the customer from initial planning through to wiper control cost, installation, commissioning and aftersales.

This new valued engineered and customer focussed design offers the following benefits.

• Increased superior wiper area coverage
• Substantial system price reduction.
• Aesthetically and ergonomically improved.
• Integrated anti lift assembly.

Compliant with DNV accreditation.
The innovative product design is backward compatible and will be available from October 2019.

December 2018

Hepworth receives award for Inclusivity and Diversity

Linda Bates, Quality and Development Director visited the House of Lords on Monday 3rd December 2018 to pick up an award for the work that Hepworth has been doing on the Inclusivity and Diversity Campaigns.

The event was run by the Made In The Midlands / Made In Yorkshire (MITM/MIY) who are heading up the Made in Inclusivity campaign. The awards were to recognise the work that the companies who have joined the campaign have done so far.  The event was also attended by Baroness Lorely Burt, a member of the House of Lords and Board Adviser to Made in the Midlands.  

Photo left to right: Jason Pitt – CEO Made in the Midlands News, and Hepworth’s Linda Bates.

December 2018

Hepworth supports local charity shoebox campaign

This year Hepworth decided to support a local charity and have been collecting bits and pieces for  Rees Café shoebox campaign.

Rees Café  are a part of Rees – The Care Leavers Foundation who provide support to anyone that has been in care.  There was a fabulous response from all of the Hepworth employees and we delivered 12 boxes to the café on Thursday 6th December.  Thank you to all those who helped or contributed.

September 2018

Successful completion of certification Audit to ISO 9001 : 2015 and TS 22163

During the 20th-24th August 2018 the business undertook its transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/TS 22163:2017.

ISO 9001 : 2015 – Requirements for a Quality Management System, replaces the previous version of 2008 and ISO/TS 22163 : 2017 replaces IRIS Rev.02 which is the Quality Management Standard for Railway Applications.

We are pleased to announce that B Hepworth & Co Ltd achieved the quality standards required to gain re-certification, thus demonstrating the business’s dedication and focus to Quality.

September 2018

Quality Department promotions announcement

Following the successful completion of our certification Audit to ISO 9001:2015 and TS 22163, two internal promotions have been announced.

As a result of the very successful Quality Audit and her dedicated and professional approach as Lead Quality Engineer, Sarah Phelps has been promoted to Quality Manager.

Linda Bates has been promoted to Quality and Development Director as part of the future development of Hepworth and the need to introduce a structured approach to training and development of employees in all departments.  A key element will include closer communication throughout departments and the improved level of skills.  Linda’s new role will include Quality, Training, Development, Employee Engagement / Motivation and Health & Safety.  A full programme detailing all aspects and timetable will be launched in the near future.

Hepworth CEO Jonathan Eddy commented: “I would like to congratulate them both on their promotions and look forward to the significant developments which this will bring to Hepworth”.

June 2018

Hepworth’s Linda Bates on the Board of MITM/MIY Inclusivity Campaign

 Hepworth are proud to announce that they are part of the Made In The Midlands / Made In Yorkshire (MITM/MIY) Inclusivity Campaign.

Linda Bates, Hepworth’s Quality and Project Director was approached to join the MITM/MIY Inclusivity Board and attended the inaugural meeting, chaired by Baroness Lorely Burt, on 24th April 2018 at Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham.

We feel very strongly that promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace is the way forward and that it can only reap rewards for any business” stated Linda, continuing: “Mental Health is now at the forefront of public awareness and, accordingly, we need to be able to address any mental health issues in the workplace, so Mental Health First Aid will be an additional and invaluable skill within our business“.

Inclusivity is about a company maximising the potential of their people to become a more inclusive, productive and respected organisation; being the best they can be by allowing their people to be the best they can be. Mental Health First Aid, an internationally recognised programme now running in more than 21 countries and part of a national approach to improving public mental health, aims to increase knowledge, understanding and personal confidence of how best to support others with a mental health problem.

The next step for Hepworth is to work through their business model to ensure that they cover Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Mental Health in all areas of the business, and to set up workshops with employees to raise awareness and understanding of the Inclusion criteria going forwards.

The purpose of the Inclusivity Board is to generate ideas and formulate action plans; currently there are 30 Ambassadors across the Midlands and Yorkshire who have signed up for the Inclusivity and Mental Health Awareness Campaign. The Board will be attending the House of Lords on 3rd December 2018 to present a series of case studies; their ultimate aim is for the adoption and rolling out of the Inclusivity Campaign throughout the country.

If you would like more information please visit www.madeequal.com and www.mhfaengland.org.

May 2018

Hurtigruten’s New Hybrid-Powered Cruise Ship Launched

Following its delivery in the summer of 2018, the ship will deploy on expedition voyages to Antarctica and the Chilean fjords in its inaugural season. Featuring a length of 140 meters and a width of 23.6 meters, the ship will be able to accommodate 530 passengers.

Equipment supplied: 15 x Wynn type C Straightline wiper systems, supplied by Servi Group, our Norwegian agent

May 2018

Rail division update

Our Rail team have recently returned from a highly successful two weeks road trip in China, visiting both current and prospective clients, securing orders for the next few years’ supply of heavy duty wiper systems for the high-speed train market, at a rate of 30 train sets per month.

Preparations are well underway for Innotrans, to be held on 18th to 21st September in Berlin, Germany, on Stand number 206. Our Rail team, Ian Lockett, Alastair Timmis and Bert Thijssen, will look forward to seeing you there, where we will be displaying our wash and wipe equipment, plus we will be launching the latest, much improved Parvalux Viper 3 wiper motor.

May 2018

Fabrications division update

Hepworth Fabrications finds itself heading into a very busy few months, with several exhibitions and events on the horizon and also the successful completion of some initial contracts with new customers.

Hepworth Fabrications has been invited to attend the official HS2 Meet The Bidder event in Doncaster. The company, having been selected prior to attending, can look forward to meetings with buyers from Tier 1 Rolling Stock Manufacturers, all of whom are associated with the flagship HS2 project.

Following on from this Hepworth Fabrications (alongside the Hepworth RIM Moulding division) are at SUBCON at the NEC in Birmingham in June, on stand F47. Luke and Tom look forward to welcoming everybody to the stand.

April 2018

Rail Team revised list of contacts

We have recently published some new contact details for our Rail personnel. 

January 2018

Happy 150th Birthday to B Hepworth

Still going strong and looking to the future, Midlands based manufacturing company B Hepworth & Co Ltd is celebrating its 150 years anniversary in 2018.

B Hepworth & Co Ltd was founded in 1868 by Mr Benjamin Hepworth, originally as a manufacturer of chemicals for the carpet manufacturing industry in Kidderminster.  The Eddy family acquired the business in the early 1900’s and continued with the business, however during the 1950’s and 1960’s 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 Managing Director of B Hepworth & Co Ltd 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 a new variety of clients from additional business sectors.

Hepworth relishes variety and challenge, and is proud to have its products on some of the world’s most prestigious and interesting projects, with wiper systems on vessels from the Queen Mary, US Navy Combat ships and Oil Rigs, to those on the fastest train in the world and the Arial Nomad! 

Ever flexible in outlook with their Marine, Rail, Automotive, RIM Moulding and Fabrications manufacturing divisions, award-winning Hepworth is always looking to the future; the next innovation, the next added-value service, the next developing market. 

Jonathan Eddy, CEO of B Hepworth and Company Limited is justifiably proud of the milestone in his company’s history.  “From manufacturing chemicals to windscreen wipers, fabrications, yacht fittings and more recently RIM plastic mouldings, Hepworth’s journey has been long and varied.  Hepworth’s USP is our ability for bespoke design and manufacture to each individual customer’s specifications. Our products are manufactured in our three factories based in Redditch, UK where nearly all the manufacturing processes are in-house, with a capital investment program allowing the introduction of new plant and machinery to meet ever-changing requirements” said Jonathan, continuing  “Selling our products and services around the world we have met many wonderful customers and suppliers; I attribute Hepworth’s success to the hard work and dedication of its staff and employees who have always worked tirelessly to deliver the very best quality products and service. I would like to thank everyone both past and present for their commitment and loyalty.  We are currently working on many new projects and new product designs, welcoming the challenges and looking forward to the company’s continued future growth”.

December 2017

Wynn Wipers on latest U.S. Navy combat ship

Hepworth’s US agent, In-Mar has supplied 12 x straight line wipers for the bridge, with
3000 series controllers and 5010 wash system, plus 3 x 70Nm pantograph wipers with 1000 controller and 1591 wash system for the viewing screens overlooking the helicopter landing pad.

The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) on Saturday 16th December 2017 at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, New York.  The LCS 9 is the 10th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design.

This ship would not exist without the dedicated service of the men and women of Marinette Marine, who can be proud of the accomplishment of putting another warship to sea. Once commissioned, this ship will provide presence around the globe for decades to come.” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.

LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, designed to meet validated fleet requirements for Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Mine Countermeasures missions. In October, the U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team a contract to build LCS 27. The contract value is under the 2017 congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship.

November 2017

The Importance of Helicopter Tie-Downs

Recent years have seen huge increases in the size of superyachts; with precious leisure time becoming an even more highly-sought after commodity, mid- to large-size superyachts with helicopters have become an increasingly more common sight.

Monitor Marine has stamped its trademarked quality all over the finest helidecks, owing some of its DNA to this modern vision of the superyacht. The Worcestershire-based company produces, amongst other products, a prestigious range of the world’s only rotating helicopter tie-downs. The fittings are engineered to fulfil the brief for a range of completely flush tie-downs with a pedestrian-safe surface, where there is no chance that a stray heel or luggage wheel could possibly be trapped in the fitting.

Monitor Marine works with some of the world’s top superyacht yards and, because of our in-house engineering capabilities, we tailor exquisite deck equipment worthy of being seen on the finest superyachts” stated Neil Cramb, MMI’s Sales Director.

The Monitor engineering team build their tie-downs from a range of high-lustre stainless alloys. Their accompanying mounting systems are all engineered in collaboration with each shipyard to create a comprehensive package that can be supplied as a build-in solution for quick and convenient fitting. Some of their solutions are MMI’s signature 4-Bar Tie-Downs, engineered to fit flush in a teak deck, as well as a range of blind-mounted T45-R installations supplied with weld-in mounting pods, where everything is fitted from above-deck into a sealed deck-structure below.

Neil continued: “We are expecting to be able to offer the client a bespoke solution with our fittings, so that a vacant helideck can be safely used as valuable leisure space with no intrusion from unsightly fittings
Monitor Marine will be exhibiting at METS 2017, where they will be showcasing their range of Helicopter Tie-Downs, as well as a range of other solutions including helicopter rotor-ties and folding pad-eyes.

November 2017

NASA Crawler Transporter

Our US agent, In-Mar has supplied a Wynn type D Mk5 Straight Line Wiper system, with an externally mounted motor unit to the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral for a Nasa Crawler.

The NASA Crawler-Transporter has been an essential part of the US space program for more than 50 years. The launch facility at the Kennedy Space Centre is reliant upon these massive vehicles as they are used to move the complete launch platform and rocket from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the launch pad and return the platform after the launch.

The Kennedy Space Centre has been using the same two crawlers since their initial delivery in 1965, each having been designed and built at a cost of US $14 million. The Crawler-Transporter is controlled from two cabs located at either end of the vehicle, and travels along the 3.5 mile crawler way at a maximum speed of 1 mph loaded, or 2 mph unloaded. The average trip time from the VAB to Launch Complex 39 is approximately five hours!

November 2017

New Product Announcement

We have now introduced an automatic wash/purge module for the 1000 series controllers. Using timer relays, the time for wash and purge can be set to the required length of time by the user.

Ideal and cost effective for navigation bridges and other control rooms on board ships with a requirement for small quantities of straight line wipers. In addition to the module we have introduced a 5-way controller into the 1000 series range.

September 2017

LCS 9 successfully completes acceptance trials

The future USS Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, completed acceptance trials with the highest score of any Freedom-variant LCS to date, earning the right to fly brooms atop its mast signifying a clean sweep of the ship’s sea trials.

Watch this video (especially at the 20 second mark) Wynn Wipers on LCS 9 to see 12 x Triple Type C Wynn SWL and 3000 series control system in action!

The five-day trials, conducted in port and at sea by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), represent the last major milestone before the ship’s delivery. During the trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the LCS intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems.

July 2017

Navy Commissions First Arleigh Burke Destroyer Since 2012

In-Mar, our agent for the USA has supplied 4 x Wynn Type D Twin and Single Straight Line
Wipers, plus a 1605 Control Unit for the US Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the USS John Finn, which was recently commissioned in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.

Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the first of her type to enter the fleet since 2012. The Navy says that she is capable of a full scale of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, and she is designed to handle air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously.

“John Finn brings both the sabre and the shield into the fight,” said Adm. Harris, who presided over the commissioning. “The advanced combat systems, coupled with the innovative spirit and the killer instinct of her amazing crew, are powerful reminders of our readiness to fight tonight. This warship is the embodiment of America’s resolve to protect our homeland and defend our allies.”

The destroyer’s name honours Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn, who was among the first Medal of Honor recipients of the Second World War. Finn showed exceptional courage during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While under heavy machine gun fire, Finn manned a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of a parking ramp, where he returned fire at Japanese aircraft for hours. Though wounded 21 times, he stayed in the fight until he was asked to stand down. After receiving first aid treatment, he overcame the effects of his injuries and returned to supervise the re-arming of American planes.

Finn served throughout the war, earning a commission and eventually winning promotion to the rank of lieutenant. He passed away in May 2010 at the age of 100.

May 2017

Wynn wipers on New Cowes ‘floating bridge’ ferry

A new chain ferry, fitted with 3 x Wynn Type C Single and 2 x Twin Straight Line Wipers and
1000 Series Controllers is to enter service, saving drivers a 10-mile road diversion after its predecessor was retired in January.

Isle of Wight Council removed the old “Floating Bridge” after 40 years of crossings between Cowes and East Cowes.  The new ferry is two months overdue after engineers waited for tides low enough to complete a slipway.  The ferry, built by Mainstay Marine has an expected lifespan of 40 years and can fit 20 cars, compared with about 15 on the old ferry.

The authority had invited the public to suggest names for the ferry, but later postponed a decision “until after the general election”. Suggestions made so far include “Floaty McFloatface”, and “Blyskawica” – the name of a Polish destroyer which defended Cowes during World War Two.  (I know which is my favourite – Ed.)                                                                       

Image courtesy of Allan Marsh

May 2017

Wynn wipers on state-of-the art oceanic research ship

n 2015, Hepworth supplied Astilleros Gondan S.A. with 28 Type D Wynn Straight Line Wipers for the “Dr. Fridtjof Nansen”.

This new vessel is one of the most advanced marine vessels sailing today, a state-of-the-art marine studies vessel, among the most advanced of its kind — and the only research ship on the globe that flies the UN flag. Its mission: To investigate some of the planet’s least-explored oceans, using cutting-edge technology and sophisticated equipment to help developing countries assemble scientific data critical to sustainable fisheries management and study how a changing climate is affecting our oceans.

Designed by the Norwegian firm Skipsteknisk and built at the Astilleros Gondan shipyard in Spain at a cost of about US$80 million, the Dr Fridtjof Nansen is owned by Norway’s Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

April 2017

Distributor in Denmark merges with Hans Buch

In 2016 our distributor in Denmark, G&O Trading, became part of Fritz Schur Technical Group, consisting of
Johs Thornam A/S, Hans Buch A/S, Fritz Schur Energy A/S and Fritz Schur Teknik A/S. The acquisition of G&O Trading ApS was a supplement to Fritz Schur Technical Group’s organic growth as well as part of strengthening the group’s technical expertise and product range in areas such as pumps, process engineering, leisure marine, railway and marine engineering.

As from April 1st 2017 G&O Trading has merged into into Hans Buch A/S and will continue being a major provider of high-profile products to support the development of sustainable solutions for the industry, marine and rail market. G&O Trading’s leisure marine segment will be merged into Johs Thornam A/S.

Managing Director of G&O Trading Mikkel Engsbro said: “We are happy that we can complete the merger, as our customers are seeking to consolidate their business with strong suppliers with both the technical, mercantile and financial position such as Hans Buch A/S and Johs Thornam A/S”.  Mikkel Engsbro will continue as Division Director responsible for the Marine and Railway business. Managing Director of Hans Buch, Henriette Olsen remarked: “It has been an important factor for us that we have been able to retain the employees of G&O Trading as their expertise is key to our continued success. We have set very ambitious goals and will continue to develop our partners’ footprint in Denmark”.

March 2017

Monitor Marine welcomes Neil Cramb

Hepworth Group would like to extend a very warm welcome to Neil Cramb who has been appointed to the Monitor Marine International division. Neil is from South Africa, and “grew up in Durban on the sunny shores of the Indian Ocean” as he puts it.

Neil has been involved in the marine industry since 2000, moving to Cape Town in 2006 to work with B Hepworth’s representatives, then more recently representing several well-known leisure brands in the marine industry in South Africa.

I’m looking forward to working with the Monitor Marine brand to take their unique solutions into new applications” said Neil, continuing: “because I’m passionate about boats looking good, and because Monitor Marine’s magnificent engineering is probably the finest finishing touch a well-presented yacht could have, I think our solutions will be what sets the well-dressed yacht apart from the rest”.

We are glad that you have joined the team, Neil, and we look forward to working with you.

March 2017

Wynn wipers fitted to Starfish anchor handling tugs

Danish offshore vessel provider Maersk Supply Service has shared a video of the newest addition to the company’s fleet – the recently delivered Maersk Master anchor handler.

Our US Distributor, In-Mar Systems supplied the wipers and controllers for this project.

The vessel is the first of six Starfish anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels and its hull was launched at the Kleven shipyard in June of last year.  According to Kleven Verft’s order list, the delivery of all five remaining Starfish vessels should happen during 2017.

The 95 meters long, 25 meters wide Maersk Master started its sea trials in February 2017, and can accommodate 52 people. The AHTS has a bollard pull of more than 250 tonnes and towing drums designed for 500 tonnes of pull force. Specs claim that the vessel has a 4,600 tonnes of deadweight capacity, and a deck capacity of 2,500 tonnes.

December 2016

End of year message

Another year is almost over and the Christmas holiday season is fast approaching. I think we
at Hepworth will all benefit from a hard-earned break as, fortunately, 2016 has been another busy year for us with many new projects and developments going on throughout our various divisions.

Highlights for 2016 include moving certification body to Bureau Veritas, who were able to offer a much-improved service to us with regards to our certification needs for IRIS and ISO. This move has been a very positive step.
Hepworth’s Emily Woodall was crowned the winner of the Made in the Midlands Women in Engineering, an award dedicated towards recognising the outstanding achievements of women who thrive within an industry that remains largely dominated by male figures. Hepworth Group was ‘Commended’ in the Manufacturing Achievement Award category. We are very proud of both these awards.

Hepworth Marine
It has been a difficult year for the Marine Industry world-wide. One major change we have made this last year is that we are now working directly with shipyards in China and Spain. Necessary to enable us to become more competitive and improve technical support to our customers, this move has proved to be a very effective strategy, resulting in more orders from those countries.

We also developed and introduced a straight-line wiper with an extra heavy-duty arm capable of working with a 2 metre blade configuration. The quietest and most smooth-running wiper on the market, the redesign has made a significant impact on the wiper’s price and cost of installation.

Looking to 2017, we are looking to increase our global network of Certified Service Stations, which have qualified engineers who have been trained by us. The following companies are qualified to install, commission and repair our wiper systems: Observator BV (Netherlands), Observator GmbH (Germany), Servi Ulsteinvik (Norway), JRC (Brazil), Nautic Solutions (Niteroi), AMI (Australia – 4 locations), Aquanautic (Singapore), Noah (Singapore) and Benson Marine (India -5 locations).

Monitor Marine
Monitor Marine launched a new range of low profile, high quality polished stainless steel Pull-Up Cleats and orders are increasing on a monthly basis as boat builders use them on their production lines. The comprehensive range of Helicopter Tie-Downs is gaining in market share too, now including three new models for over-deck installations and for flush mounting into concrete surfaces; this gives an increasing flexibility to the range of environments that they can be used in.

Hepworth Rail
The Rail division has undertaken quite a few business trips to see both existing and potential new customers and, in doing so, have successfully turned many enquiries into orders. Sales for fleet retrofits, one of our target markets, has increased again from 2015 with a further increase predicted for 2017. Innotrans was a great show for us, with new build projects and more retrofit orders and enquiries being received. We are hoping for the same level of success at Railtex in 2017 and, with the addition of several members of staff strengthening the division including a Rail Technical Manager, we are looking forward to being able to give our customers faster design responses in the New Year.

Hepworth Fabrications
For Fabrications, the highs of the year are securing continued business within the Rail UK market through the winning of a substantial contract on a platform vehicle. Staying on Rail, we have also been successful in winning 3 packages of work from a new UK customer; this has been a very difficult task as we do not fall in what they consider their ‘catchment area’ for suppliers. Now that we have our first purchase orders, we are hoping to build on our relationship to ensure that we are successful on future projects with them.

With our non-rail customers, it has been a mixed year and our focus for 2017 is to build up a more varied customer base.

Hepworth Automotive
The Automotive division has continued to push onto new areas, including the aftermarket and low volume production components supply. This expanding division had a very successful three days at the Automechanika Show, held back in June. Automotive exhibited a range of products including wiper systems, chassis/body parts and aftermarket accessories. Highlights of the event were visits from leading UK OEM’s and discussions regarding new vehicle and motorbike designs, special editions and prototypes. Many new enquiries were received from both UK and overseas-based companies, in fact the event was so successful that we have already reserved a stand at next year’s event.

So on to 2017. We would like to thank all our customers, suppliers and staff for all their business and support during 2016, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

December 2016

Tugboat Telstar fitted with 1800mm blades

The Tugboat Telstar has been equipped with Wynn Straight Line Wipers and
extra heavy duty 1800mm wiper blade configuration, supplied by our distributor Observator Vision.

The Telstar is operating on the Nordzee canal in the Netherlands.

December 2016

Wynn wipers on most luxurious passenger liner ever!

The Seven Seas Explorer, subject of a recent Channel 5 TV documentary is a cruise ship built by Fincantieri of Italy for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The vessel, which features 21 of our Wynn Type C Straight Line Wipers and 8000 Series Control System, was christened by Princess Charlene of Monaco on July 20th in Monte Carlo.

The 56,000-ton, 223m 750-passenger cruise ship is the first newbuild for Regent Seven Seas in 14 years and is what the company touts as the most luxurious vessel ever built, with 375 all-suite, all-balcony accommodations boasting the largest balconies at sea.

As the company’s publicity says “Seven Seas Explorer is spaciously intimate, breathlessly elegant and perfectly staffed,  bringing elegance and glamour to the world’s greatest destinations, offering exquisite dining options that rival those of the finest restaurants ashore…”

November 2016

Modern Railways’ Golden Spanner Awards

The efforts of train maintenance teams, depots and rolling stock leasing companies were once again celebrated at the Golden Spanners Awards for train reliability on November 25th at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

The awards are for all those interested in railway rolling stock to meet to discuss best practice and celebrate excellence in train maintenance. It features a morning conference on rolling stock matters before lunch and then the awarding of the Spanners.

The Golden Spanners awards celebrate the best of rolling stock maintenance and are handed out to those companies making the greatest strides in train reliability, as measured by MTIN (Miles per Technical Incident). The awards are based on moving annual averages at Period 7 (four weeks ending mid October). Modern Railways Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford has for many years assessed the reliability of the nation’s train fleets.

AWARD CATEGORIES:  • Ex-British Rail DMU  • New Generation DMU  • Inter-city Train  • Ex-British Rail EMU  • New Generation EMU

Three awards are given in each category:
• Gold Spanner – most reliable train based on Miles per Technical Incident (MTIN)
• Silver Spanner – most improved fleet (percentage improvement in MTIN)
• Bronze Spanner – fastest incident recovery (based on primary delay per incident)

Hepworth Rail’s Alastair Timmis and Christine Hewitt were invited by Modern Railways’ Chris Shilling as Guests for the event and were very proud to find out that Hepworth’s wipers were on the majority of the winning vehicles and all of the new build categories.

Alastair Timmis stated: “We consider it to be a fantastic achievement for Hepworth to be on all of the new build vehicles in the EMU and DMU categories. Even though we of course didn’t win an award directly, our Wipers, which are a safety critical item, helped these vehicles win their awards for their reliability. It was great to meet up with current customers and potential clients and a really impressive show. I would like to thank Chris Shilling for his very kind invitation

November 2016

Automotive division success

Tom Dunkley attended the SMMT Open Forum at Cranmore Park, Shirley on the 1st November and also visited Advanced Engineering at the NEC, to engage with current suppliers, to meet new customers and see new composite and moulding emerging technologies.

The moulding contract that the Automotive division has is now well underway (Leisure industry products). We have also completed further contracts for automotive and motorsport products.

We have just supplied a wiper switch for the vehicle shown in the picture on the left; it’s a GT40 replica rather than the real thing though!

November 2016

Fabrications Division’s busiest month yet!

The month of October saw Hepworth Fabrications complete one of their busiest months. This has been due in part to our expansion into new markets such as the food processing industry, plus entry into the first delivery stages of the two national rail contracts that we have won.

The end of the month saw Luke Russell attending the Local Government Expo in London, where discussions were had about several large projects occurring in 2017 that would need high fabrication supplier involvement, for example: New Street Station Upgrades and Heathrow Terminal.

Overall Hepworth Fabrications is busier than ever and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

November 2016

Key Account Manager appointed for Far East Rail clients

Ian Lockett has been tasked by the company to take charge of the key Rail accounts for China and Korea.

With the rise in enquiries we are focused on giving the best possible service and support to deal with the demanding opportunities we are being provided. I will be the key contact for clients and plan to be travelling more to see them and offering help with ongoing and new business opportunities, whilst continuing to support all our other valuable clients.” Ian remarked.

Ian has been with the organisation for over 15 years and has extensive rail industry knowledge. He began as an Electrical Assembler before progressing on to be a Warranty Engineer, then a Service Engineer, followed by becoming Hepworth’s Rail After-sales Manager. Ian is now Technical Sales Manager and has gained a wealth of experience that he passes on – to the advantage of our customers!

Other news includes that the outcome of Innotrans is proving superb for Hepworth Rail. We have received an unforeseen amount of enquiries and we are delighted to say that many of them are progressing well. We have also visited several additional potential new clients regarding their enquiries and have high hopes of receiving their orders in the near future.

November 2016

Monitor Marine launches modified Multi-Purpose Connector

In the last month, more export orders have been received for Helicopter Tie-Downs, all for installation to new build SuperYachts, one of which has two Helidecks.

A modified version of the 3 Tonne Flush-Fit Multi-Purpose Connector now includes a design that can be installed on Helipads and Helidecks where there is limited or no under-deck installation access. This version can be fully installed above deck, being fitted into a threaded backplate. This method increases the application areas for both the 3 Tonne and 1 Tonne models.

The new 2017 Product Guide (V7) is now available and on-line showing all the new product additions, together with revised loadings for Helicopter Tie-Downs; a result of design changes and Lloyds test results.

November 2016

Fuel tanks fabricated for luxury motor yachts

Manufactured entirely in-house from aluminium, with a capacity of 1500 litres, these tanks are welded and pressure tested by Quality Control, before being signed off ready for despatch.

In the picture you can also see a 4 meter x 7 meter aluminium flybridge deck frame, again completely manufactured in-house by Hepworth’s Fabrications division.

Jonathan Eddy, Hepworth’s CEO said “We are very proud to be supplying high quality tanks and deck structures to the marine market”.

October 2016

Hepworth win Made In The Midlands Awards!

Hepworth Group’s Emily Woodall was crowned the winner of the
Made in the Midlands Women in Engineering award on 20th October at IET Birmingham: Austin Court.
The award was sponsored by FBC Manby Bowdler, represented by Neil Lloyd.

After a fantastic ovation from local manufacturing directors and peers, Emily explained: “I’m over the moon, I was a bit shocked but it is a great achievement to have. The amount of women engineers out there is very minimal and I would love to see that increase, so if I could do anything to progress that, it would be a real honour.”

The Women in Engineering Award is dedicated towards recognising the outstanding achievements of women who thrive within an industry which remains largely dominated by male figures. The award continues to grow in popularity each year, as Threeway Pressings Ltd, Wrekin Sheetmetal, Yeoman Pressings Ltd and JSC Rotational were shortlisted this year for their high quality applications.

Initially, Emily developed systems for various vehicle designs initially using 2D CAD format before working with Hepworth’s team to get the 3D Solid Works system in place.

She then undertook additional training to ensure that Hepworth utilised the full capabilities of the new software, which gave them the edge over their competitors, as they could offer a complete design facility to customers.

Emily is now a Design Manager and she plays a pivotal role in looking at business growth and improvement projects at Hepworth. She also continues to support the innovation of the products that they supply into the market place.

Made in the Midlands CEO, Jason Pitt explained: “This year saw a growth in applications for our Women in Engineering category. It is crystal clear that Midlands manufacturers stand together as passionate advocates for the continual and future success of women in engineering. I would like to congratulate Emily for her great achievements at Hepworth.”

Hepworth International also were ‘Commended’ in the Manufacturing Achievement Award 2016. The award was sponsored by Birmingham City University, represented by Natalie Lewis, and was presented to Hepworth Automotive’s Tom Dunkley.

October 2016

Unmanned Warrior sports Hepworth wipers

The video available (from the link on the image to the left) comes from Atlas Elektronik UK,
which has been working with the Royal Navy and Northrop Grumman to demonstrate its unmanned high-speed mine hunting system at Unmanned Warrior 2016. Their vessel has been fitted with Hepworth’s 30Nm wiper motors with CT23 Control system.

In line with the Strategic Defence and Security Review direction on innovation and defence exports, the RN has invited industry, academia and certain Defence partners, including the US Navy, to safely experiment and demonstrate the potential offered by maritime autonomous systems within the Joint Warrior operational environment.

Major defence firms and small businesses alike are heading north to take part in Unmanned Warrior 2016 where they will show off their ideas for the future of autonomous systems at sea.

Lieutenant Commander Clive Langmead writes:  “In Scotland QinetiQ, as part of its long term partnership agreement with MoD have prepared the flying and underwater ranges which it runs in Benbecula, Stornoway, Applecross and the Kyle of Lochalsh, including erecting hangars and laying a dummy mine field for the robots to try and find. Several RN Mine Hunters will also be trying to do the same. So this will be a very direct test of new systems against old.  The Mine Hunters already use remotely piloted submarines in their work, but Unmanned Warrior is hoping to show things can be taken a stage further. The RN extended the invitation and 40 demonstrators have agreed to come and show off their ideas of the future of autonomy at sea. The guest list of distinguished visitors is large and the systems are some of the best, if not the best, in the world”.

October 2016

Rail and Fabrications divisions exhibitions a success!

The Rail division’s presence at Innotrans, held in Berlin
was a great success. The stand was the best it’s ever been judging by the many compliments we received from visitors who loved the way it looked.

There was enough product for them to look at and even play with, like the working wiper display stands, the design of which were compared to the iphone and thought to be very classy.

The Rail team received many enquiries from both new and existing customers; the majority of whom had planned to come and see us on our stand. We are already in the process of discussing many of the new projects that we were approached about and are very confident about building on our successful working relationships with customers both old and new.

September also saw the Hepworth Fabrications team attend the Northern Manufacturing Show, which is one of the largest production manufacturing shows in the UK.

At the show the team met with existing customers to discuss ongoing projects and also a great many potential customers wishing to discuss our new and improved capabilities. Overall the show was a great success as we continue to discover new markets.

October 2016

Monitor Marine at Monaco Yacht Show

Monitor Marine had a presence on the British Marine exhibition stand at the recent prestigious Monaco Yacht Show.

Johanna Sargeant, International Development Execurive for British Marine said:  “The pavilion/stand had a fantastic buzz throughtout the show and our stand was always busy.  Our networking reception was also extremely well attended with around 150 people present. Overall a great success“.

September 2016

Updated certifications

We recently made the decision to move certification body as LRQA our previous certification body had been struggling to find us auditors to meet the varied scope of work we manufacture. Bureau Veritas were able to offer a much improved service to us with regards to our certification needs for IRIS and ISO and so this move has been a very positive step.

Moving from Lloyds to Bureau Veritas was a very smooth process and their up-front customer service was very good. Once the contracts were agreed the Audit was swiftly booked and the 4 day transition and routine surveillance audit began on the 25th July this year.

To be able to trade in all of our markets worldwide both the ISO and IRIS certification are a must, have but they also ensure that we can manage all elements of our business in an effective way and promote continual improvement throughout.

We had a 4 day audit week commencing the 25th July which went very well. The Bureau Veritas Auditors provided much more useful feedback on improvements we could make to all areas of the business, and we improved our IRIS scope from 65% to 69%.

It is our increased scope that make the continuation of our certification more complex. In Fabrication for example we make products for Rail which have to meet stringent standards then we also make litter bins. We have recently been approved to manufacture fuel tanks and have had to go through a detailed manufacture and test process to receive our type approval. This, coupled with the wiper side of our business and Monitor Marine also in our scope of approval, demonstrates the variety of manufacture we have to include in our certification. Next year we will be adding our plastic division to the scope as well. 

September 2016

Rail road trip to Korea and China

Ian Lockett made a recent road trip to Korea and China to see existing customers for new projects and overhauls.

Ian said “This is Yedong NVR Tech based in Korea. They are our agent out there and they have been successfully awarding us contracts for many years. The visit was to show support to our customer and discuss any future business opportunities.”

The road trip was a great success and underlines Hepworth’s belief that ‘face to face’ meetings are crucial for both the customer and supplier alike, ensuring good personal and business relationships are not been lost in this age of electronic communications. Hepworth cares about its customers and, wishing to build upon their relationships, plan to continue these road trips in the future.

September 2016

Hepworth Marine B140 blade replaced with upgraded B160 blade

The Hepworth B140 articulated blade is obsolete as of this month and has been replaced by the B160 articulated blade.

The new blade is manufactured in stainless steel, (rather than mild steel as previously used) and powder coated black. The item is the same in fit, form and function. B140 articulated blades for non-marine applications will still be available.

August 2016

Wynn Type D Wipers on Coastguard Tower

Hepworth Group recently supplied Wynn Type D windscreen wipers and 1000 Series control systems for the National Coast Watch’s lookout tower at Teignmouth.

Originally received in 2014, the enquiry was for a basic pantograph system but the customer opted to go with the Wynn straight-line solution.

We have since received several other enquiries from customers due to the success of this project.

August 2016

Monitor Marine at Monaco Yacht Show

Hepworth Group will be showcasing the Monitor Marine product range at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show which is to be held on 28th September – 1st October 2016. We will be located in the Superyacht UK Pavilion.

Over the past six months, Monitor Marine’s Design Engineering Team has been involved in a number of new and exciting developments that will bring additional products to their current range of high quality, precision engineered stainless steel marine fittings. The Load Tests carried out recently at Lloyds British on Monitor’s range of Pull-Up Cleats were very successful, with better than expected results. On all four sizes from 120mm up to 320mm in length, the maximum Working Load calculated figures were exceeded by at least 25% in all directional loads. Not only will these cleats take higher loadings than other competitive designs, they are also low profile, require very little maintenance and are easily installed on to any type of deck structure.

Our designers are currently finalising a smaller version of the successful 1 Tonne Multi-Purpose Connector, as well as a new type of 50mm Hatch Handle.

Designed to match existing MMI highly aesthetic designs of the 50mm, 70mm, 80mm and 100mm handles, the new products will add to an already very superb quality “suite” of furniture for all new builds or re-fits.

June 2016

Vine Trust Medical Ship MV Forth Hope request assistance

Hepworth was recently contacted by Vine Trust requesting support for a project by supplying window wiper parts requirement (control units, arms, and blades) for their first ever 34 metre new build ship which is nearing first stage completion at Albion Dockyard Bristol.  

Since 2001 Vine Trust has been developing health services on the Peruvian Amazon and since 2014 on Lake Victoria Tanzania through utilising three ex Royal Navy Fleet tenders that were converted thanks to the support of BAE Systems Govan and BAE Systems Submarines in Barrow. 

Since the introduction of these vessels they have grown their annual provision to just over 160,000 patients per year which is expected to grow towards 250,000 once MV Forth Hope is brought in to service in the summer of 2017. Since inception, their projects have now treated over 1.3million patients with a free health service and over the next 25 years MV Forth Hope alone will benefit over 2 million patients.

As part of the vessels build they will be welcoming our Patron HRH The Princess Royal to Rosyth on the 20th of July to see the outfitting under way.

Hepworth is proud to be able to help with such a worthwhile project, and Rev Willie McPherson, Chief Executive of Vine Trust said: “On behalf of the Trust many thanks for your kindness. We have been humbled by the kindness of so many businesses in support of this project which over the next 25 years will enable MV Forth Hope to treat somewhere in the region of 2 million patients with a free health service in South America”.

June 2016

Automotive division’s success at Automechanika 2016

Hepworth Automotive had a very successful three days at the recent Automechanika Show, which was held at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. The Automotive division was exhibiting a range of products including wiper systems, chassis/body parts and aftermarket accessories.

Highlights of the event were visits from leading UK OEM’s and discussions regarding new vehicle and motorbike designs, Special Editions and prototypes. Many new enquiries were received and we are currently putting together and sending out quotations to both UK and overseas-based companies.

The event was so successful that Hepworth International have already reserved a stand at next year’s event.

June 2016

Monitor’s Pull-up Cleats, Connectors and Helicopter Tie-Downs proving a big hit!

The first order for the Monitor Marine Pull-Up Cleats has been delivered and installed on a new RIB. The customer was very pleased with the ease of installation, low profile and overall good aesthetics, and we have been told that they will now be fitting these cleats to all new builds.  We have also just received confirmation of our largest order to date for the 4-Bar Helicopter Tie-Downs, from one of the world’s largest SuperYacht builders, with 45 units ordered.

A lot of enquiries are being quoted for, including one for over 300 Multi-Purpose Connectors for installations in the Middle East to anchor Skypool covers for a large area, plus sales are being made of both the 1 Tonne and 3 Tonne Connectors to an increasing number of Tender and Toy suppliers.

After a successful visit the OTC Exhibition in Houston, further meetings have now been arranged with some of the leading manufacturers of Helidecks and Helipads where the use of our wide range of Tie-Downs are the most comprehensive designs available, and a large offshore supply company based in Houston will be marketing our commercial range of Tie-Downs in South America, having already secured a significant contract with one of the world’s largest oil & gas producers.

Monitor Marine will be attending the forthcoming SuperYachts – Meet the Buyer in Italy, 15-18th June.

June 2016

New Flugga boat design features Hepworth wiper systems

An exciting new boat that Flugga is developing will be fitted with the Hepworth’s 20Nm wiper system. Designed to withstand the harshest sea conditions that surround the British Isles, Flugga Boats utilise plastic and aluminium materials to give strength, low maintenance and a long-life hull, thereby delivering an extremely low total cost of ownership over the life of the boats. Flugga specialises in police boats, dive boats and rigid-hulled inflatable boats that are used throughout the world, all built in Shetland.

June 2016

Hepworth Divisions are out and about…

Automotive Division
For the first time, AUTOMECHANIKA is being held in the UK this year, from 7th to 9th June at the NEC, Birmingham. We will be exhibiting some of our latest automotive products on Stand No. 11 L 40 where the technical design and engineering team will be able to discuss our high quality production capabilities.

We will also be attending the SMMT Open Forum and SMMT meet the buyer which are being held at the exhibition.

Hepworth Automotive’s Technical Sales Manager, Tom Dunkley, attended the London Motor Show earlier this month which has made a welcome return to the capital after too long an absence. The all-new annual event attracted over 25,000 visitors, hosted 130 new car models from more than 40 brands and saw some of the UK’s best known dealer groups talking to prospective customers.  Opened by patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent and held at the Battersea Park Evolution Centre, the show was a resounding success appealing to a broad demographic, with a good cross section of dealers from niche specialists and regional family groups to some of the biggest names in the Motor Trader Top 200.

Tom Dunkley stated: “This was the first Motor Show held in the UK since 2008, held in the idyllic surrounds of Battersea Park, London. It was great to see so many British manufactures under one roof. The stands were full of exciting new models and outlined the strength of British Design and Manufacturing. The plans to continue the show annually are a great start to having a show that competes with the world’s established Motor shows.”

Fabrications Division
For the first time Hepworth Fabrications will be exhibiting at Subcon 2016 held at the NEC, Birmingham, during 7-9th June 2016. Please visit us on Stand: H42, Qimtek Pavilion.

Rail Division
The Rail Division will be exhibiting at Rail Live on 22nd – 23rd June 2016 at Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Station Road, Long Marston. We will be located in the Rail Alliance Membership Marquee Stand No A11.

Marine Division
Hepworth Marine will be exhibiting at Seawork International, to be held at the Mayflower Park, Southampton, UK from 14th – 16th June 2016, and will be welcoming buyers from around the world.

May 2016

Harmony Of The Seas fitted with Wynn Straight Line Wipers!

The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, is fitted with Wynn Straight Line wiper systems.
The gargantuan cruise ship, dubbed a floating city, arrived in Southampton in the middle of May, ahead of its first passenger trips.

Weighing in at 227,000 tonnes, the 16-deck 362 metre long vessel, which cost £700 million and is larger than the Eiffel Tower, can take more than 6,000 passengers and has 23 swimming pools.

The vessel also boasts:
    •    2,500 state rooms
    •    20 restaurants  
    •    Central Park – a living park in the centre of the ship with more 10,000 plants and 50 trees
    •    24 lifts for guests
    •    The Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea, plunging visitors 10 stories from deck 16 to deck 6
    •    The deepest pool at sea
    •    A double-story Wonderland specialty restaurant
    •    11,252 works of art
    •    Robot bartenders
    •    Virtual balconies with real-time views of the destination for interior rooms
    •    2,100 crew members from 77 different nationalities

image courtesy of www.cruisecritic.co.uk

April 2016

Superyacht Eclipse fitted with Monitor Marine helicopter tie-downs

The Superyacht Eclipse, recently arrived in Gibraltar, is fitted with Monitor Marine’s flush fitting 4-Bar helicopter tie-downs.

For a couple of years the 162.5m Eclipse, built by German shipyard Blohm & Voss GmbH, held the title of the world’s longest superyacht. The enormous yacht accommodates 36 guests and can carry up to 100 crew members. Some of Eclipse’s most impressive features include a massive 200m² swim platform, a large pool on the main aft deck and two helicopter landing pads

Click here for more information and pictures.

April 2016

YouTube video of Hepworth wipers fitted to MotorYacht

Motor Yacht Dragonfly was dispatched to Vanuatu to provide disaster relief after Cyclone Pam struck the remote islands on March 14th 2015. The video is intended to show the work that the vessel and her crew performed and highlight the possible use of resources onboard yachts in such disaster zones.

April 2016

HSSV for Oman’s Royal Navy fitted with Hepworth’s wiper systems

Take a look at the unique, 72m High Speed Support Vessel that is redefining naval capability by clicking here.

It shows footage of the Austal Australia designed and constructed 72 metre High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) during sea trials off the Western Australia coast, March 2016. Two HSSV’s have been constructed for the Royal Navy of Oman and are on schedule for delivery in 2016.  Our agent AMI in Australia supplied type 80NM wiper systems for the Navy project.

April 2016

Super Cruisers fit Wynn Wiper Systems

Hepworth’s wiper systems are being fitted to many of the new and very fabulous cruise liners, including:

• The Carnival Vista, which features 35 Type C Wynn Straight Line windscreen wipers with 8000 Series Control System and two Clear View screens

• Holland America’s new ship the Koningsdam, fitted with 23 Type C Wynn Straight Line wipers with 8000 Series Control System and two Clear View screens

• Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest luxury cruise ship, which is fitted with 18 Type C Wynn Straight Line wipers and 8000 Series Control System.  Stood on its end it would be 50m (164ft) taller than the Eiffel Tower and is almost 100m (328ft) longer than the Titanic!

April 2016

Monitor Marine going from strength to strength!

Production orders for the Monitor Marine Superyacht range of products are still on an upward trend, with orders for Helicopter Tie-Downs increasing month-on-month, including recent contracts received from Superyacht builders in Australia and Italy.  The recently launched range of Multi-Purpose Connectors adapted for awning and bimini supports have found wide appeal; there are orders flowing in from builders all over the world, but especially from Holland and Scandinavia.

In the weeks to come, the Monitor Marine range will be shown to International Buyers at the British Marine Superyacht UK Tour of Excellence event in Portsmouth (20th April) and, as demand is increasing for Helicopter Tie-Downs from the Offshore Industries, the comprehensive range of commercial tie-downs will be shown at the forthcoming Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Trade Show, Houston, Texas, from 2nd May to 5th May.

April 2016

Rail Social Event

A team from Hepworth are looking forward to attending Rail Sport, an annual event that brings together the rail community for a weekend of fun and networking. Leasing companies such as Angel Trains and Porterbrook, plus lots of the Train operators such as Virgin Trains, East Coast, etc. will be at the event. It also caters for rolling stock manufacturers such as Bombardier, Alstom and suppliers of items into the rail industry. We look at this event as a great opportunity to meet with our colleagues throughout the industry whilst having a jam-packed weekend of fun!

It runs from Sat 11th – Sun 12th June, held at Stanley Park, Blackpool, FY3 9HU.  If you are attending the event, we look forward to seeing you there!

April 2016

Fabrication and Automotive exhibitions

Hepworth Fabrications will be exhibiting at Subcon Expo-UK for the first time, a manufacturing supply chain show that is dedicated to subcontracting and outsourced engineering services.

Also, for the very first time, AUTOMECHANIKA is being held in the UK this year. Hepworth International will be exhibiting some of their latest automotive products on Stand No. 11 L 40 where their technical design and
engineering team will be able to discuss their high quality production capabilities.

Both exhibitions are held from 7th – 9th June 2016 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

March 2016

New design Rail filler spout!

Hepworth Rail is happy to introduce the new Filler Spout Assembly (2101-WASH) into our product range.  The new filler spout, manufactured in 316 stainless steel, has been precision designed and engineered in order to prevent the commonly occurring damage to standard caps that happens during the filling procedure in today’s environment.

Broken cap chains, damaged hinges and missing caps are some of the issues which have long-term cost implications and these can now be prevented; the simple push and pull hinge handle makes the cap simple to use and prevents the need for cap chains and screw caps which can be easily damaged. The spout can be used for diesel, toilets, waste, wash fluid and water applications.

As well as being highly durable, the overall streamlined look and satin finish helps to give a classy appearance to the vehicle. For further information on the cap please contact one of the Rail Team who will be happy to discuss the product and pricing.

• Unlatches and opens in one smooth movement
• Handle is disconnected when locked.
• 316 stainless steel and black acetal sleeve construction
• Acetal sleeve accepts 38mm, 50mm

March 2016

Monitor Marine update…

Recent major activity has centred on finalising the design, development and manufacture of new additions to the product range including a new Mini Pad Eye and the low profile, stainless steel range of Pull-Up Cleats.

The new cleat range is manufactured in marine grade 316, mirror polished stainless steel and offers 120mm up to 320mm base lengths, and will eventually include a 400mm size.

Order of the month was for twelve commercial T45C Helicopter Tie-Downs to be installed on an oil platform off the coast of South America. Scheduled orders for our UK boat builder accounts are all ahead of forecast, with orders and deliveries for fittings being increased and/or brought forward.

The newly installed laser is producing very high quality SuperYacht finished stainless steel lettering in a range of sizes for installation on tenders and yachts. The first order is being delivered to Scorpion Ribs who supply the Land Rover BAR Americas Cup Team chase boats.

February 2016

For those in peril: The stomach-lurching moment ship’s crew faced terrifying 100-foot wave during North Sea storm.

Hepworth’s Wynn Straight-line wipers star in this terrifying piece of filming, taken by a man standing on the bridge of the ship on January 29. It just goes to show how good and efficient our wipers are when confronted with a bit of rain and some ocean spray…however watching the video may make you feel that you wouldn’t have wanted such an outstandingly clear view of events!

The intense video shows a ship stranded in North Sea about 100 miles from land as powerful waves crash into an ERRV (Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel); the job of the workers on board is to look after the oil platforms and the people who work on them.

The dramatic footage captures exactly what it was like to be on board a ship being battered by strong waves as Storm Gertrude caused chaos across Britain last month.  The clip shows powerful waves – some estimated to be around 100-foot high – crashing against the vessel, brutally rocking it from side to side and soaking the entire deck. The boat can be heard creaking under the weight of the storm as it brutally rocks from side to side in the choppy water.

February 2016

Monitor Marine launches two new finishes…

We now offer two additional finishes to our range of products – a beautifully smooth Satin finish Stainless Steel, and also Powder Coating in a wide variety of colours.

Please contact us for more information.

January 2016

B. Hepworth proudly announces the introduction of the newly designed, extra heavy-duty, straight line wiper.

The quietest and most smooth-running wiper on the market using blades up to 2000mm in length, the redesign has made a significant impact on the wiper’s price and cost of installation.

The video shows the wiper running in the standard 1.2 m/s speed. The wiper complies with the ISO standard 17899.

January 2016

Additions to range –
Monitor Marine launches new products

Monitor Marine International are proud to announce the recent additions to their range of SuperYacht products. 

The additions to the range include: Pull-Up Cleats in a variety of sizes from 120 to 440mm, a 50mm range of Finger Pulls and SnapShuts, a 70mm Deck Drain and a 70mm Mini Pad Eye for use with straps/webbing, a new range of probes for the 1 tonne multi-purpose connector, including fittings for awnings, bikinis, stanchions, ladders and tie-downs, a stainless steel Deck Housing for 4-Bar Helicopter Tie-Down?, and a “don’t leave port without it” Maintenance Kit for routine maintenance and general upkeep of all Monitor Marine lock types and Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connectors.

Monitor Marine also now are able to offer two additional finishes to their products: satin stainless steel, and powder coating in a variety of colours.

December 2016

End of Year Message from Jonathan Eddy, CEO

Once again the holiday season is approaching and with it, the end of another year. 

2015 has been a year of substantial change and development, at the end of which we are still aiming to accomplish improved results, with a priority to exceed our customer’s needs and expectations.

July saw the acquisition of Monitor Marine International, a highly strategic transaction and an excellent acquisition which complements our existing Marine product range, offering the opportunity to expand our presence and product range into the superyacht and bespoke tender markets.

With over £1 million of investment in new plant and equipment during this year alone, the company continues to grow its product base and technical abilities.

The Rail department has seen the addition of several new team members to help with the exciting developments and growth of this expanding sector, with key members of the team now regularly out on the road meeting face to face with customers, attending key trade shows and networking events.

Hepworth was awarded Best Newcomer to RailTex in the second quarter of the year, as well as being presented with the Manufacturing Achievement Award at the Made in the Midlands ceremony in October. I am also proud to be able to announce that we won our category in the Manufacturer MX Awards for Supply Chain Excellence, reflecting external commendations for Hepworth continued improvement.
The Fabrications division is currently the fastest growing part of the business, with an increasing customer base. The division has penetrated a number of new markets, offering superb quality and service, whilst improving processes, capacity and capabilities as a result of implementing strategic investment in this sector of the organisation.

Within Hepworth, we have launched a number of new strategies and we will monitor and improve these throughout 2016, ensuring that we put the customer at the heart of everything we do, showing our customers how we can support their needs by providing sound technical advice where needed, flexibility where possible and a large range of specialised products and services.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal gratitude to the whole of the Hepworth team for their hard work and dedication to this company, without which we would not achieve the successes we have. It is of real value to both myself and to all of our customers.

Every New Year is a fresh beginning with great ambitions and a fitting time to refresh commitments. Hepworth International look forward to a successful and prosperous 2016.

Jonathan Eddy CEO

December 2015

New Trumpf Trulaser coming on line

Hepworth Group accepted delivery of the 5000 Series Trumpf CO2 laser late in November, giving more capacity and increased levels of service for the Fabrications division.

The new plant, an investment of £3/4m for the company, will be operating early December, with the ability to cut Stainless Steel up to 30mm thick, Aluminium up to 20mm thick and Mild Steel 25mm thick.

December 2015

Success at the 2015 Marine Equipment Trade Show

Hepworth Group recently exhibited at the METS exhibition during 17 – 19th November 2015 which was held in Amsterdam RAI.

Over the course of the three days, more than 21,000 international marine industry professionals attended the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. “We look forward to this exhibition year on year” said Jonathan Eddy, CEO. “The 2015 show was a complete success with the majority of visitors to the Hepworth stand looking to buy products or planning to buy in the future”.

Hepworth International showcased their range of high quality, precision engineered stainless steel deck hardware as well as its range of Marine wiper systems, associated controllers and wash equipment.

December 2015

Monitor Marine orders still grow…

Monitor Marine orders for both SuperYacht and Tender installations continue to grow as do new customer accounts as a direct result of an active worldwide marketing program.

After successful Boat Shows earlier this year, we are also experiencing higher production volume from our schedule order boat-builders.
As part of the Hepworth strategy, new products are now being added to both the Deckware and Cabin range and include a smaller (50mm) SnapShut and Finger Pull, a Mini Pad Eye – Strap type, 1 Tonne Connectors with awning attachments, 70mm Deck Drains with either standard or bespoke logo grills as well as “satin” or powder coated finished range of Hatch Handles.

Customers can now order a “suite” of fittings from 50mm, 70mm, 80mm and 100mm diameter which all have the same theme for on deck or interior lockers and hatches.

All these new additions to the range were shown at a very successful METS Trade Show in Amsterdam and were very well received with customers already placing orders as a result.

November 2015

Hepworth wins award for Supply Chain Excellence

Hepworth Group has been recognised for its supply chain excellence at The Manufacturer MX Awards 2015.  The company was Highly Commended in the Supply Chain Excellence category during a recent gala dinner and reception at the ICC in Birmingham.

Back in 2010, Hepworth removed a bespoke solution in favour of a company-wide SAP Business One solution. This provided the company with clear and accurate analysis of its inventory, enabling it to successfully manage and forecast demand and make significant savings on third-party reporting, plus improvements in its supply chain management.

Mark Wise, Managing Director at B Hepworth, said the accolade reflected the hard work of the team at the performance wiper system specialists.  “We are delighted and very proud to receive an award at this year’s MX Awards ceremony, especially in such prestigious company,” he said, before continuing  “it is a great boost to the team to get recognition for the business improvements we have made and the successful projects undertaken in true collaboration with our supply chain partners and our customers. We are looking forward to building on this success and generating new initiatives that we can showcase as exemplars of great British manufacturing in the future.”

As part of winning the accolade, Hepworth had to go through three rounds of judging. After submitting their initial application, judges then visited Hepworth’s factory in Worcestershire before a final round of judging in front of industry experts.

Pictured are Craig Bagnall, Finance Director (left) and Mark Wise, Managing Director (right) proudly holding their awards.

November 2015

Hepworth achieves 2015 Made In The Midlands Award

We are pleased to announce that Hepworth were presented with the Manufacturing Achievement Award at the Made in the Midlands ceremony held at the Austin Centre in Birmingham on the 29th October.

The award was presented by Professor Kevin Morley, one of the stalwarts of manufacturing and of the Birmingham area, to Peter Turnock, Sales Director who commented “We have a highly skilled team of designers and engineers with a well trained workforce, coupled with significant investment in plant and equipment which allows us to increase our very diverse worldwide customer base with exports now representing 75% of sales.”

November 2015

Monitor Marine manufacturing moves to Redditch!

Manufacture of all Monitor Marine products is now in full swing at our Hepworth site in Redditch, England in accordance with ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards and without any delays to customer delivery schedules.

The recently introduced 1 Tonne SWL Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connector has been tested by Lloyds British and the 5:1 load strength factor was exceeded, when only the shackle gave way at over 6.5 tonnes loading!! There was no damage to the Connector.

There are numerous applications for the Monitor Flush-Fit Connectors, apart from being used as lift points for tenders etc. A light aircraft manufacturer in the USA has ordered three 1 Tonne Connectors which will be fitted to the underside of the wings and nose. Having little or no windage in flight, they will safely anchor the parked plane in all weather conditions.

There will be a number new product developments being exhibited at the METS Show in November and will include a 75mm diameter range of deck drains which can be supplied with bespoke logo designs. Orders have already been placed for the newly launched Monitor Maintenance Kit which will service all lock assemblies and Connectors. 

October 2015

Hepworth on Awards Shortlist for the Manufacturer MX Awards 2015

Announced on 13th August, the shortlisted businesses from all 12 categories will now undergo the most rigorous judging process of any industry awards in the UK. B Hepworth has been shortlisted in the Supply Chain Excellence Category.

The TMMX Awards 2015 will not only shine a spotlight on the absolute best businesses in industry, but provide feedback for each shortlisted entrant to help with future business improvements.

Nick Hussey, CEO of Hennik Group, publishers of The Manufacturer magazine and organisers of the awards said: “It is an incredible achievement to have been shortlisted – these are the largest and most rigorously judged awards in the sector so any company being shortlisted will have provided evidence to the judges of a superior level of understanding of what makes modern UK manufacturing so vibrant and competitive.  Manufacturing is very much alive and well and the shortlisted companies are exemplars of what advanced manufacturing looks like in terms of sustainability, innovation and world class competitiveness”.
Companies shortlisted in 8 of this year’s categories will now begin the process of the judging team visiting their factories for assessment before an intensive Judging Day brings together all finalists for face-to-face presentations to the panel on October 14.  The winners will be crowned at The ICC, Birmingham on November 26, where more than 1,000 industry leaders will come together for a night of reward, recognition and celebration.

September 2015

New addition to Monitor Marine range!

Hepworth Group who recently acquired Monitor Marine International, has developed a new, lightweight, 1 tonne SWL Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connector which is being offered alongside the well proven, designed and patented 3 tonne SWL version.

Like the larger version, the smaller connector uses the unique system of a flush fitting, deck mounted anchor point and a short probe connector, which can be quickly inserted for many applications ranging from tender launching and recovery, to temporary or permanent stanchion anchor supports, bimini mounting points and awning fixing points. There are also many other applications where these connectors can be used, such as Marina pontoons and shore side installations.

Manufactured from 316 and 17-4ph high quality, polished stainless steel and requiring little maintenance, these connectors will be first choice for both tender builders and volume boat builders where a flush fitting, quick plug-in and lightweight designed connector will be the deciding factor.  Weighing only 325 grams and with a flange diameter of 35mm, this easily installed, unobtrusive, aesthetically attractive, flush fitting connector is the ultimate solution for lifting, securing and tie-down points. 

July 2015

Hepworth International Rail Department contact changes

We are restructuring employee positions within the organisation, which will result in some changes in points of contact.

This will affect the following employees and will become effective from the 1st September 2015.

Ian Lockett – Rail Technical Sales Manager
Ian will be responsible for project management of all overhauls and retrofit projects as well as supporting new sales development.

Alastair Timmis – Rail Account Manager
Alastair will be responsible for the project management of existing projects and new sales enquiries. He will also be responsible for new sales development.

Alison Rennison – Rail Sales Administrator
Alison will be responsible for supporting the day to day project management for new and existing projects.

Adam Lockett – Aftersales Technical Support
Adam will be responsible for all aftersales issues. He will also be responsible for site visits relating to service work, first fits and warranty issues.

Sebastian Matuszyk – Warranty Engineer
Sebastian will be responsible for our warranty returns and service department. He will manage all returns, carry out investigations and provide technical reports on all returned items.

Rob Fallon – Warranty Assistant
Rob will be responsible for supporting the day to day operation of the warranty returns and service department.

July 2015

B Hepworth acquires Monitor Marine International

B. HEPWORTH & CO LTD announce the recent acquisition of Monitor Marine International,
a privately owned company established 30 years ago to develop and manufacture a wide range of high quality, precision engineered stainless steel marine deckware and interior fittings for Super Yacht and Quality Volume Boat Builders.

The products were developed utilising innovative designs and combine durability, aesthetics and a superb mirror-polish finish.

We are pleased to announce this highly strategic transaction and are excited to welcome the Monitor Marine team to Hepworth”, said Hepworth’s CEO Jonathan Eddy. “Monitor Marine is an excellent acquisition and complements our existing marine product portfolio, offering the opportunity to expand our presence and product range in this very important market sector.”  

These products are the ultimate in Super Yacht hardware and include not only a comprehensive range of deck fillers, hatch handles, latches and cleats, but also a range of unique Helicopter Tie-Downs which were developed from a military requirement for securing helicopters on warships at sea!

June 2015

Company success at Railtex 2015

Hepworth attended Railtex 2015, held at the NEC, Birmingham on 12-14 May 2015. As the UK’s leading rail event covering railway equipment, systems and services, Railtex is the industry’s meeting place – where visitors and exhibitors come together to see the latest technology in action, learn about new products/services, hear about key industry projects and do business.

Hepworth was awarded Best Newcomer to Railtex and, in addition to the engraved glass trophy that was presented to Ian Lockett and Tim Bell by Roy Walker, Guest presenter for Railtex, Hepworth was given membership to Rail Alliance for the next 12 months.

Alastair Timmis, Rail Account Manager stated: “Railtex was an extremely successful show bringing in many new enquiries superceding our initial expectations of the show. Following a growing global trend, a large number of the enquiries were for our Electrical Wiper System to replace ageing Pneumatic Wiper Systems.”

June 2015

Three Queens salute Liverpool after 175 years

ll three Cunard flagships have close to 100 Hepworth wiper systems and controls.

Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth met in the Mersey in Liverpool on May 25th 2015, for a gathering in front of the Three Graces and thousands of people on the riverside.

iverpool is a city that has been Cunard’s home from the beginning in 1840, until 1967. When Queen Mary 2 arrived on 24 May, she hosted a Champagne reception and lunch. On 25 May all three Queens reunited in Liverpool for the first time in history. Sailing in formation and meeting on the famous waterfront of their spiritual home, the fleet performed a water ballet together, creating a spectacular one-off event. Thousands of people viewed the display from the banks of the Mersey, which was later concluded with a brilliant firework display.
Hepworth would like to congratulate Cunard and thank them for the confidence they have in Hepworth’s high performance wiper systems.

Image of three Queens vessels courtesy of Cunard.

May 2015

Made In The Midlands Exhibition

The exhibition was the biggest in the Made in the Midlands history and demonstrates the growth and confidence in the Midlands industrial community.

Hepworth International exhibited examples of their stainless steel and aluminium fabrications, precision castings and assemblies at last week’s Expo. Also on show were marine and rail wiper components, and electrical controllers together with automotive exterior trims, all manufactured in Hepworth’s Redditch factory.

Sales Director, Peter Turnock commented – “It was an extremely rewarding day, with numerous sales enquiries and new potential clients trying to source a total service of design engineering in custom-made, precision fabrications”

May 2015

SMMT Membership

Hepworth Group are now members of SMMT.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad.

Working closely with member companies, SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media. Enabling the UK motor industry to fulfil its potential, SMMT addresses the major issues that impact on the automotive sector.

As we already supply our products to the Commercial Vehicle and Automotive industries as a Tier 1 & 2 supplier, Hepworth are planning to expand their product range for both the OEM’s and after-market areas.

April 2015

Inmar Systems is cornering the market!

Our agent in the US, Inmar Systems, has supplied the following Wynn Straight Line Wiper Systems for the vessels detailed below.  These heavy duty wiper and control systems are ideal for large ocean-going vessels, or vessels requiring maximum coverage.  The Type D has an externally mounted motor, and the Type C has an internally mounted motor.  These straight line wipers offer the most advanced design of linear action window wiping systems for marine and other specialist applications.

3x Wynn Type C Straight Line Wipers – Triples
Fitted to the  LLC, Lockport, LA, the thirteenth 154 ft Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.

The FRCs have a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat. They are built to a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.

14x Wynn Type D Straight Line Wipers and 1000 Series Controllers
Fitted to the $126-million Samish, the second of three 144-car ferries for Washington State Ferries (WSF), Seattle, WA. Following two months of sea trials and crew training, the new ferry will begin service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on June 14, just in time for the start of the summer sailing season.

The Olympic Class vessels have a capacity of 144 cars and 1,500 passengers and are 362 ft 3 in long x 83 ft 2 in wide. Main propulsion is by two Electro-Motive Diesel engines developing a total 6,000 hp and giving the vessels a speed of 17 knots.

17x Wynn Type C Straight Line Wipers and 3000 Series Controllers
Fitted to U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), Joshua James (WMSL 754) for Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Ingalls has delivered four NSCs and has three more, including James, under construction. A construction contract was just awarded for an eighth NSC last week.

National Security Cutters, the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, are designed to replace the 378 foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters, which entered service during the 1960s. NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.

The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions.

3x Wynn Type D Straight Line Wipers and 1000 Series Controllers
Fitted to Harvey Energy, a special Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV), delivered to Shell for its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The vessel is chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine and is the first of its kind in the region to run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel. Built by the Gulf Coast Shipyard in Mississippi to meet requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, the vessel is 302 feet long, will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for around seven days before refueling. Shell said two more LNG-fuelled vessels are expected to follow.

14x Wynn Type D Straight Line Wipers with 14x 1000 Series Controllers.
Fitted by Foss Maritime to new fireboat for Port of Long Beach. 

The Fireboat 20 is the first of two from Foss scheduled for delivery to the port in the next year, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The first of two new technologically advanced fireboats under construction by Foss Maritime for the Port of Long Beach (POLB), is being readied for service and is scheduled for delivery to Long Beach, California this summer. Fireboat 20 has a Voith Schneider cycloidal propulsion system that allows for exceptional maneuverability, a firefighting system with a pumping capacity of 41,000 gallons per minute, and seven Caterpillar engines. It is designed to be a state-of-the-art command center, with a CBRN system that protects the firefighters from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.  A second fireboat for the POLB is under construction and will be delivered in late 2014 or early 2015.

April 2015

Hepworth Rail Road Trip taking the the USA and Canada by storm!

Hepworth Rail are currently out in the USA and Canada visiting our clients, suppliers and prospective customers, and forging and cementing relationships in order to further develop our business prospects.

Alastair Timmis, Rail Account Manager and Ian Lockett, Rail Aftersales Manager have been to Seattle, Sacramento and Los Angeles via San Francisco, and then headed off to Ontario, Canada before working their way back down the East coast to Delaware, just south of New York before flying home.  Alastair said: “It has been a very valuable and successful trip with the Rail team obtaining many new enquiries and orders. It was a beneficial experience for both the company and customers by paying them a personal visit, where we were able to talk about our products and services face to face.  In this age of the internet, emails and mobile phones it is all too easy to lose the personal approach and being able to build working relationships with the very people we are supporting.  I think that our continuing road trips are proving that we cannot, as a company, forget this very important aspect of our customer service.”

April 2015

Marine news update…

March was another busy month for the Marine sales team with
exhibitions in Dubai, Istanbul and Vietnam, plus a visit from our Norwegian agent Servi.

Hepworth attended the Dubai Boat Show with our agent Brook Marine, who had built a big stand with working wiper displays on either end. Venu Kayyil and his team were, as ever, extremely helpful and the show itself was a real eye opener. Mainly aimed at yachts and their equipment, there were some incredibly expensive toys on show; a different area of the industry for us, as Hepworth are usually found exhibiting at offshore shows.

epworth attended the Dubai Boat Show with our agent Brook Marine, who had built a big stand with working wiper displays on either end. Venu Kayyil and his team were, as ever, extremely helpful and the show itself was a real eye opener. Mainly aimed at yachts and their equipment, there were some incredibly expensive toys on show; a different area of the industry for us, as Hepworth are usually found exhibiting at offshore shows.

At the Istanbul exhibition we joined Mete Tarihmen and his team from Nemo Marine, our marine agent for Turkey. The exhibition was relatively quiet, however we will be making a return visit in May to visit previous, current and potential customers. Vietnam is one of the rising stars of shipbuilding, having recently become the 5th largest in the world by tonnage build (in 2010 they were 11th). The Inmex Vietnam exhibition was small in size but big in potential and there have already been a number of enquiries with more to follow, after many enthusiastic replies.

There were even surprise visits from Eugene Wee from Noah, and Aaron Smith and Samuel Huy from A.M.I, our agent in Australia. Servi visited us to showcase some of their own products in the hope of gaining our approval on further collaboration, which could have big consequences and increase our competitiveness considerably. Hepworth was happy to welcome them all and look forward to seeing them again, June 2 – 5 in Oslo for Norway’s Norshipping exhibition.

April 2015

Rail news update…

The Rail Division has recently secured a contract for the Canadian Kingston & Vancouver new build train projects, 40 sets to be built and shipped to Millhaven in Canada beginning in May 2015.

March 2015

Interview with CEO Jonathan Eddy in Shipping & Marine magazine

Shipping & Marine magazine recently published a Company Profile of B Hepworth & Co Ltd after
a long and interesting interview with Jonathan Eddy, the Company’s CEO.

In the article, Mr Eddy talks about how the company first started as a Yorkshire based manufacturer of chemicals for the local carpet industry before diversifying into the Rail and Marine markets to become the global market leader in the design and manufacture of windscreen wiping systems.

Jonathan finishes off by saying: “Since 2010 we have been manufacturing our products in two to three weeks, but we aim to half this to five to ten days in the future, which will mean our customers won’t have to order in advance and will make us more efficient. Meanwhile, over the next three to five years, it is our goal to reach up to £30 million in turnover; this will be reached through both organic and acquisitional growth.”

March 2015

Hepworth Wipers fitted onto new P&O ‘super liner’ Britannia

On the 10th March 2015, the Queen officially named the new cruise “superliner” Britannia.  Large crowds attended the naming ceremony which started at midday; the vessel is the fifth cruise ship Her Majesty has officially named.  Britannia bears the same name as the Queen’s former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997 after more than 50 years of service.

The 3,600-passenger vessel, featuring B Hepworth’s Type C’s wipers systems with 6000 Series controllers, is the largest cruise ship designed for the British holiday market, according to operator P&O.

The Britannia’s home port will be Southampton for the summer months after being built in Italy at a cost of almost half a billion pounds sterling; she will sail from Southampton during the summer and from the Caribbean in the winter.

The 141,000-tonne ship can hold up to 3,600 passengers and 1,500 crew, and features a 94m (308ft) union jack on its bow.   There are 15 passenger decks, 13 places to eat and 13 bars, four swimming pools and nine places to enjoy the entertainment and, at 330m (1,082ft), the ship is longer than the Shard is tall!

Britannia will make its maiden voyage to Spain, Italy and France on 14 March.

Image courtesy of BBC News Hampshire and Isle of Wight

February 2015

Kinetic Light Sculpture

Hepworth’s Fabrication division machined all the copper metal work for the amazing Kinetic Light Sculpture by Hugo Light Design who are located in London.

February 2015

Ariel Nomad is wipered-out!

Ariel’s stunning new Nomad all-terrain car made its debut at the Autosport International show in Birmingham in January and will offer a completely different type of all-terrain high performance driving when it is released for sale in the summer.

The Ariel Nomad, recently featured on BBC 1’s Top Gear programme, is able to reach 60mph in a blistering 3.4 seconds; with a top speed of 125mph, the car is powered by a 2.4 litre Honda engine that has been configured with Ariel electronics, with an end result of 235bhp at 7200rpm.

With this being such a unique vehicle aesthetically, and its sister car the Ariel Atom being an iconic sports car, B Hepworth and Co Ltd, a Midlands-based manufacturer of high performance bespoke windscreen wiper systems was excited to have the opportunity to work with Ariel to develop the Nomad’s wiper system.  The project began in 2012; dual pendulum wrap-over wipers and wiper arms with a 50Nm motor were used, but there were some complex challenges for their design team to overcome, most notably packaging the system around the structure of the vehicle.

Martyn Groves of B Hepworth commented “Our expertise in developing and building bespoke, high quality wiper systems, whilst simultaneously being a UK manufacturer meant that we were the ideal choice. With Ariel being a well-known name amongst petrol head and sports-car enthusiasts worldwide it was an exciting project to be involved in and a perfect way to show our flexibility to design bespoke wiper systems”.

Ariel Director Simon Saunders thinks that the Nomad will be bought mainly for recreational driving, both on and off-road, but also feels that the car could compete “with honour” in the Dakar Rally. The Nomad has been tested on well known WRC stages, winch challenge courses and closed forest roads and so far the Nomad has shown excellent levels of performance, adding up to a whole new kind of driving fun!