Our Engineering Heritage

Over the last 120 years,
Deritend has been called upon many times to assist clients with their needs.

Since 1898, we have continuously improved our capabilities to offer customers unrivalled expertise in providing maintenance and repair solutions.

We have also worked with many of the country’s most recognised organisations to minimise downtime, increase productivity, optimise energy efficiency and extend the working life of mechanical and electrical installations.

Deritend’s history and the development of our specialist engineering services are summarised below:

We begin life in London as Shoolbred & Connell before moving to Luton where we become known as Shoolbred Electrical Co. Ltd and Shoolbred Rewind.

Deritend Stamping is formed in Deritend, Birmingham.


Midland Electric Power Installation Co. (MEI) is established and this business will go on to join the Deritend Group.

E J Wilcock Works (EJW) is formed in Birmingham to provide electric motor repair and rewind services. This business is the third to come under the Deritend banner.

MEI moves to the former Sunbeam Motors premises in Wolverhampton which is also Deritend’s current Head Office.

MEI merges with Shoolbred Electrical Co Ltd and Shoolbred Rewinds to create one integrated organisation.

Deritend acquires MEI and EJW with the vision of ‘keeping the wheels of British industry turning’.

Our electrical divisions merge to create Deritend Electrical Services Ltd.

Deritend purchases Electro Dynamic Services Ltd, a provider of electrical equipment overhaul and repair solutions.

Deritend Electrical Services Ltd is acquired by The Triplex Group and merges with Lee Beesley to form Lee Beesley Deritend plc.

Lee Beesley Deritend is acquired by French engineering group GTIE.

Richard Hale heads a management buyout and establishes The Deritend Group.

We make our first modern day acquisition with the purchase of East Midlands Industrial Rewinds.

RMB Engineering Services Ltd (RMB), a gearbox repair specialist is acquired to enhance our in-house repair expertise.

We further our expansion with the acquisition of fabricators H&K Industrial Services.

We continue to develop The Deritend Group to provide customers with an ever expanding portfolio of specialist engineering services and strategic business benefits.

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