Company History

Laying the foundations

The company was formed in August 1974, by Brian Astley and Harry Foster, at premises in Lichfield, Staffordshire. Harry and Brian had both been previously employed as Sales Managers at Dorman Smith Switchgear.

Harry Foster took full control of the company in 1980 and opened a new manufacturing facility in Meadow Lane, Alfreton. During the 1980's the client base increased and a reputation for engineering quality and flexibility, maintained today, was established.

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The 1990s

In 1991, the company relocated to larger premises on Hockley Way in Alfreton and experienced a four-fold expansion during the 1990's. In 1997 a landmark move to our current site on Nunn Brook Road in Sutton-in-Ashfield took place. Within three years, the opportunity to purchase a co-sited facility and development land was seized - doubling our office and workshop capacity.

The New Millennium

Ian Foster succeeded Harry Foster as Managing Director in 2000 and the current Management team was established. In the following years, accreditation to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and the development and full type test approval of switchgear assemblies was achieved. Also during this period, a 15,000sq ft factory extension was opened along with an in house sheet metal fabrication subsidiary and the establishment of a London office.

Early in the second decade of the new millennium, the Control and Monitoring Systems Division was well established and had gained Systems Integrator status for SCHNEIDER PowerLogic ION Enterprise.

Expansion to additional site

In 2013, a further site, located adjacent to our existing complex, with a capacity equal in area to the extended Facility 1, facilitated the expansion of the growing Control and Monitoring Systems and Fabrications Divisions, and the rationalisation of office space ensuring efficient communication throughout the organisation. The London Office was also relocated to the prestigious Tower 42 building.

40 Years and onward...

In August 2014, the company reached another landmark, its 40th Anniversary.

The availability of space (74000 sq ft) within three facilites has enabled each department to evolve without space constrictions. Facility 1 houses design, engineering and manufacture teams. Facility 2 includes administration and copper design and production. Sales and marketing, systems and monitoring and metalwork fabrication are located in Facility 3, with planning for a new paint facility being finalised in late 2014.

Facility 4

2015 saw the purchase of a fourth factory at the Nottinghamshire Head Quarters.

The 25,000 sqft facility is ideally located directly next door to F3. After a couple of months of internal renovation, the factory was soon housing our onsite paint plant alongside Fabrication’s after assembly department.

The boundary between the two factories has been suitably altered to make F3 and F4 effectively on the same site.

Facility 4

Preedcrete – Busbar trunking

AF Switchgear Ltd completed the acquisition of Preedcrete Ltd on 25th January 2017.

Preedcrete have over 30 years’ experience in the busbar industry and work in partnership with two leading manufactures of IP55 and IP68 busbar systems.

By acquiring the company, this enables AF Switchgear to provide a whole service from design, manufacture, installation and testing of our power distribution products.