Emerson and Renwick Ltd
Peel Bank Works
Tel: 01254 872727
Founded in 1918 in Accrington, Emerson & Renwick remains a privately owned, independent equipment engineering company.
They have built a reputation for engineering, technology and process innovation.
They create new enabling technologies to enhance capabilities and productivity.
They make; Decorative Wallcoverings, Displays, Touch screen Augmented Reality, Flexible Photo Voltaic Functional Laminates, Flexible Electronics, Solar Control Films, Electro-chromic Films, Wearable Technologies, Heat Exchanger components, Batteries
Just in Accrington they employ 29 full time engineers and across 2 sites cover Manufacturing, Assembly, Design, Sales, and Service.
They also have sites in Lockport, USA; Guangzhou and Shanghai, China; Stotfold and Newton Aycliffe, UK
I’m Ben Clements, Managing Director of Emerson and Renwick. My role is to bring together all the different avenues and diverse applications we’ve got within the business.
We’ve got 172 employees on the team. We’ve grown through the Covid period and we’re still recruiting at all levels, from apprentices to senior positions.
The turnover of the business is about £30 million. That has varied from around £20 million and up to around £50 million, but broadly £30 million.
We are at the forefront of technology. We sell machinery to all sorts of businesses; some are producing consumer goods like touch screens and solar cells. We also work on next generation products that you might not see for 10 years.
We sell machinery for manufacturers of adhesive tapes, heat exchanges, and batteries. Not forgetting our traditional sector which is wallpaper.
We almost exclusively export. About 85% of our production goes overseas. It’s been like that for 30 years or more and the destinations are global. We supply all the way from Silicon Valley to China and Japan. We’ve got some really interesting applications in America.
We were founded in Accrington in 1918 by a Mr Emerson and a Mr Renwick. The original site was the near the new Tesco and we moved to the current location in 1954.
The company has always been innovative, developing new products and over the years we’ve diversified.
Primarily we focus on engineers and we take on apprentices every year. Many of them have grown with the business. We have apprentices from 20 or 30 years ago in senior positions within the company. We’ve also had apprentices who have been able to travel the world installing machines in different countries.
Young people who come to us can learn software development, how to design new techniques and machines, and development of new processors.
There’s a high level of interest and variety here.
We’re looking for apprentices in our manufacturing facility, our machines shop and our assembly area. That’s where there’s an immediate need, but we would look to help them grow through attending college courses and we’ve got a strong history of doing that.
We’ve helped many of our apprentices through college and university degrees too. We’ve got some really talented people that way.
If anyone is interested in finding more information and perhaps applying to us, the primary route is through our website.