Guttridge celebrates 50 years in business. The company is now focused on engineering manufacture and has become a leading supplier of Bulk Materials Handling equipment in the UK, with a fast developing reputation as an exporter. New and improved machines added to our portfolio regularly.
Company name changed to Guttridge Ltd.
Some Carier machines are standardised as Guttridge machines, eg Slipform Belt Conveyors, Kleenbelt Belt Conveyors, Enmasse Elevators and Trench Intakes.
Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD Systems installed and becomes the new standard for machine design. The subcontract services division is branded as "Laserfab" and develops rapidly as a dependable supplier of sheetmetal components and fabrications.
We invest in powerful new CNC machinery and a new spray paint booth to help raise quality of manufacture.
Guttridge acquire the Intellectual Property and key assets of Carier Bulk Materials Handling. We gain full knowledge and access to all of Carier's customers, designs and sales & manufacturing records.
Our straw processing interests cease and our business concentrates totally on engineering manufacture.
Guttridge Services Ltd relocated to a new purpose-built engineering factory on a 4 acre site in Spalding's Wardentree Lane Industrial Area. The original Hawthorn Bank premises was sold for residential housing.
The BSE crisis cut our straw plant sales by 50% and threatened the viability of our straw operations.
A Subcontract sheet metalwork service launched, it was centred around CNC Punching and the newly acquired Laser Cutter. Our first website is launched at www.guttridge.co.uk.
Straw Plant closed due to its poor emissions record. A modern state-of-the-art Straw Plant was built on the outskirts of Spalding, increasing capacity to 25,000 tonnes/annum.
Launch of Stainless Steel range of conveyors and elevators. This new range took us into the Food, Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries for the first time - an important strategic move
Dr David Guttridge, the company founder, passes away 25 years after starting the company. His son, Peter, succeeds him.
Straw Plant remodelled to take the new Hesston 500kg big bales, big improvements in efficiency resulted in profitable operation.
An Autumn view of the Hawthorn Bank site, the engineering factory is the long building at the left, the offices are in the old family house at the far end.
Straw Plant remodelled to uprate capacity and improve reliability. Capacity doubled from 750 to 1500 tonnes/month.
2D CAD system installed. Manual drafting was phased out over the next 3 years.
Son, Peter Guttridge joined the family business bringing professional engineering skills. Investment in a CNC Punching machine significantly improved sheet metal manufacturing facilities.
The company is renamed Guttridge Services Ltd. We launch a new range of Bucket Elevators, Screw Conveyors and Dischargers. This was a logical development from the mobile mill days and drew on existing materials handling knowledge.
Over 200 Grindamix and Cubamix mobile feed mills in operation producing over a million tonnes of animal feed per year. Several variants now available, including rolling mill and pellet press options. Stocken Hall Prison Farm near Oakham operated a static version until the 1990's. Exports started with an order for two Mobile mills from the Kenyan Government.
The original Feedmill was redeveloped as a Straw Processing Plant to manufacture nutritionally improved straw pellets using a Caustic Soda treatment process.
All feed milling interests sold to Tindalls of Holbeach. The UK joins the Common Market, new regulations resulting from the Common Agricultural Policy destroy the economics of mobile feed milling. The heydays of Mobile feedmilling are over.
Pea cleaning plant installed to clean freshly harvested dried peas for the mushy pea and snack food markets.
Major marketing push starts with a large stand at the Smithfield Show in London. Cubamix mobile pelleting machine introduced.
90 Guttridge Mobile Feed Mills operating in the UK, production running at one per week.
The static Feed Mill is built on the Hawthorn Bank site to manufacture concentrates for the mobile milling operation. Mobile mill sales to independent operators start.
The late Dr David Guttridge designs the first Animal Feed Mill and builds it himself in the workshops of the local Ford Tractor Dealer (FoMoCo). It was a complex, but effective design with many chain and belt drives from the main 165hp Perkins V8 diesel engine.
First mobile feed mill completed in October, first sales invoiced to Atkinson Bros, Poultry Farmers.