Elcometer, a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of inspection equipment to the coatings, concrete and metal detection industry, is celebrating 70 years in business.
Starting out in 1818 the original family business was in chemicals. Just after the end of WWII, following an opportune meeting at a hardware shop, the company’s first ever gauge, the Elco Meter, was developed in 1946.
The original Elco Meter was launched in 1947, sold at a price of £10.50 each. The same year, the first export sale took place, to BAMR, a family owned business in South Africa - the third generation of which, are still Elcometer distributors to this day.
Export has grown since then to now account for 90% of sales, through over 80 distributors and 10 offices around the world.
Ever since the first Elco Meter was launched, Elcometer has been a company of product innovation with a series of industry firsts.
· 1946/7: World’s ‘first’ coating thickness gauge.
· 1959: World’s first transistor dry film thickness gauge – ElcoTector.
· 1970: World’s first pocket sized dry film thickness gauge with single tipped probe.
· 1973: World’s first single probed, dual ferrous, non-ferrous gauge – the Elcometer 150.
· 1978: World’s first digital dry film thickness gauge - Elcometer 250 Minitector.
· 1981: World’s first microprocessor dry film thickness gauge – the Elcometer 255.
· 1986: World’s first dry film thickness gauge with alphanumerics.
· 2000: Elcometer 456 – World’s first menu driven, graphics display, dry film thickness gauge.
· 2007: Elcometer 456 Mk 3 – World’s first dry film thickness gauge with Bluetooth®.
· 2011: Elcometer 465 Mk 4 – World’s first dry film thickness gauge with user upgradeable firmware.
· 2012: World’s first surface profile gauge for convex substrates – Elcometer 224.
· 2015: World’s first NDT gauges with Bluetooth®.
· 2015: Elcometer 130 – World’s first field-based, soluble salt profiler.
Over the last 10 years there have been some significant changes:
· January 2011: Acquired Dakota Ultrasonics.
· March 2011: Launched the new Elcometer 456 Mk IV.
· October 2011: Opened Elcometer in Tokyo, Japan.
· April 2014: Built a modern Machine Shop.
· May 2014: Opened Elcometer Houston.
· 2016: Acquired Crabtree Lane building, 75,000sq ft, nearly 7,000m2
· 2017: Opened Elcometer in Dubai, UAE.
Over the last decade, even with global financial crashes, oil prices dropping and cyclical industrial trends, as a business Elcometer has witnessed incredible growth.
This has been made possible through innovation in research and development, investing in people and concentrating on maintaining existing product ranges whilst improving their quality and productivity.