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From humble beginnings…. 75 years of moving forward
Over the decades, H T Brigham has grown from a small, local manufacturing business to what it is today; a key global supplier, specialising in the production of high-volume metal pressings
The presswork company was established in 1947 by husband and wife team Hugh and Margaret Brigham, who operated a single hand-press from their garden shed in Birmingham, delivering components locally using their motorcycle and sidecar.
Over the decades, H T Brigham has grown from a small, local manufacturing business to what it is today; a key global supplier, specialising in the production of high-volume metal pressings. Much has changed over the years, but H T Brigham’s founding principles of high quality, excellent customer service and value for money still remain integral to the core business ethos.
As we all know, there is little need to point out what a challenging period the last 18 months have been. It is evident that whatever the industry, we are all likely to have suffered to some degree as a result of the Covid pandemic. Following the dramatic overnight issues of slashed orders, a drastically depleted supply chain and the need to navigate through a hastily developed furlough scheme, came the longer-term issues which are still having a major impact on the business; including dipped automotive market demands, unprecedented material delays and relentless cost increases.
At this point, it seemed that the bad news was coming all at once. Covid crisis worries were simultaneously further compounded by the post Brexit fallout and associated logistical challenges. This made for one of the most challenging times in HT Brigham’s long history.
However, we have been through difficult times before and bounced back stronger. In spite of the obvious challenges, H T Brigham is committed to investing in the future and to keep moving forward. Working closely with expert consultancies, a tailored improvement programme has been formulated and is now in the process of being rolled out, with significant investment planned in technology and processes.
The company has also continued with its commitment to its apprenticeship programme, which was introduced in 2014. With previous apprentices successfully completing their 4-year training programme and becoming integral members of the team, the scheme has a proven track record of encouraging and nurturing the young talent needed to take the company forward. This year H T Brigham has welcomed two further apprentices, one into the Toolroom and another into the Quality department.
From a market perspective, having grown its business from supplying the original Hardy Spicer car plants with axle parts, to cementing strong relationships with GKN group and other key automotive companies worldwide, today H T Brigham continues to command a strong reputation in the automotive sector.
H T Brigham is currently busy working on some exciting contracts within the automotive sector for metal pressings required for both the production of EV motors and their cooling systems. Additionally, work is being carried out on the metal casings required to house and secure EV battery cells. As “Perpetual Change” ensues within the automotive sector, Brigham is heavily involved in exploring the potential of pressings within the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market and the new horizons of hydrogen power.
As the company looks forward to celebrating its 75th year, much has changed and many challenges have been overcome since the motorcycle delivery days. H T Brigham will always try to improve and adapt in order to remain competitive and build the business further.