Numatic was founded in 1969 in the Somerset town of Crewkerne, in southwest England, where it produced its first commercial vacuum cleaner design for cleaning coal, oil and gas fired boilers.
At the beginning, the company employed six people in a little factory that was not as big as a garage and the most sophisticated equipment was a drill …. thank heavens the days were 24 hours long!
The first vacuum cleaner designs were made of a combination of oil drums and everyday components that were readily available, such as suitcase handles, furniture castors and domestic washing-up bowls. All assembled in such a way as to provide a simple, reliable workhorse for commercial and industrial use.
First Floor Machine
A new home
The birth of a legend
Up until 1990, we were mainly assembling our products from metal and plastic components supplied by sub-contractors. We then progressed into our own tube manipulation facility to make improved, stronger, commercial products.
It was at this time that we realised we needed increased production capacity and greater manufacturing expertise if we were to remain competitive in world markets.
As a result, the Chard location where Numatic is situated today, was acquired in 1990. Expansion of the site and its production facilities continues as we now head confidently into the 21st century.
The key to Numatic’s success is the close relationship that has been established with both customers and suppliers worldwide. Many of these relationships have survived throughout the whole lifespan of the company, and indeed, many have entered second and even third generation associations. Over these years we hope we have always listened, and paid heed, to advice and in so doing provided a better service to our dealers and they, in turn, to our customers.
Our aim is to continue to be innovative, maintain a high standard of quality and to provide good value for money.