Micro-Mesh Biography

  • 1968
  • 1976
  • 1981
  • 1990
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2009
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
Micro-Mesh Multi Elements

Micro-Mesh Multi Elements

In 1968 Micro-Mesh was founded by four directors. The first enquiry came from the National Coal Board for filtering in confined space. Micro-Mesh designed and manufactured a triple element for the NCB, and that was how the Micro-Mesh logo came to be.

Plunging into new Depths

Plunging into new Depths

Micro-Mesh invented the Copper Strainer for subsea applications to stop incrustations of sea life. Nowadays, this design is still proven effective and we supply to 11 oil fields worldwide.

The Heat Shield

The Heat Shield

In 1973 Micro-Mesh is approached by Occidental Petroleum to examine a structure to remove radiant heat from flair burn-off on oil rigs. By 1974 the first prototype was manufactured and tested. In 1976 the first Heat Shield was secured to the oil rig Piper Alpha in the Claymore field. By 1981 the Shield is proven to be successful and is now found on every off-shore oil rig. Nowadays, the Shield is better known as the Locker Shield and is still fitted on off-shore oil rigs worldwide.

Branching out into new Markets

Branching out into new Markets

Between 1986 and 1989 68 collieries closed down due to government policy, and the closing of pits continues to this day. On this demise of coal mining Micro-Mesh branched out into new markets, such as the rail maintenance and off-road industries. However, Micro-Mesh still supplies to the two remaining pits to this day.

Microfit® Alternative filters range introduced

Microfit® Alternative filters range introduced

Micro-Fit alternative filter range introduced, offering quality replacement filters for popular ranges including: Pall Hydraulics, Hydac, Parker, Fairey Arlon, Mahle & Argo.

Public House turns into Factory

Public House turns into Factory

Micro-Mesh' growth pushes the old factory to the limits, so new and bigger premises have to be found. A few doors down an empty pub named the 'Barley Mow' shows this potential and is purchased.

James Underwood becomes Managing Director

James Underwood becomes Managing Director

Having worked at Micro-Mesh for over 18 years, James Underwood takes over as Managing Director, making Micro-Mesh officially a family business.

The Barley Mow

The Barley Mow

The renovation and refurbishment of the Barley Mow is complete, turning 60 Basford Road into the new home of Micro-Mesh.

Filter Kitting

Filter Kitting

“One supplier, one contact, one order, one box and all the filters you need” – The Complete Package, also known as filter kitting, was born.

Expansion 60 Basford Road

Expansion 60 Basford Road

Due to continuous growth the factory at 60 Basford Road is expanded.

Moved to Innovation House

Moved to Innovation House

In January 2014 Micro-Mesh moved to Innovation House on the Blenheim Industrial Estate. It took 8 months to complete, as it was transformed to a two-storey building.

Registration of ‘Micro-Mesh Engineering India Pvt Ltd'

Registration of ‘Micro-Mesh Engineering India Pvt Ltd'

In January 2015 we registered ‘Micro-Mesh Engineering India Pvt Ltd’ in Hyderabad India. This was on the back of 5 years exploring and visiting the market, selling through 3rd parties and developing customers. One of the main areas of growth has been the Indian mining industry where Micro-Mesh has nearly 5o years’ experience in supplying filters and filtration products both direct and through original equipment manufacturers throughout the UK. India plans to increase their production from 500 to 1000 million tonnes of coal per annum to aid and support their burgeoning economy.

Extending our range

Extending our range

On the 14th September 2016 Micro-Mesh acquired the manufacturing equipment for the Eurofilter & Fram Industrial brand of air filters sold into the Gas Turbine Power generation and APC Industrial markets globally. To accommodate the additional manufacturing equipment Micro-Mesh has under taken a facility expansion programme which includes two phases. The first phase is to double the current warehousing capacity by installing a mezzanine floor and the second phase is to build on the back of our facility. This acquisition includes all designs and IP rights along with key personnel involved in this sector.

In 1968, Micro-Mesh was established by four directors. The prime reason for the inception of Micro-Mesh was to facilitate solutions for filtration in the mining sector, and the first enquiry came from the National Coal Board (NCB) for filtering in confined space. Micro-Mesh designed and manufactured a triple filter element for the NCB. This origin can still be found in Micro-Mesh today as it represents their first ever product made. Over the years, Micro-Mesh has been a prominent player in the mining industry: having helped the first million ton pit in the UK and securing a single source contract with RJB Mining (now UK Coal). Till this day Micro-Mesh still supplies to the remaining two pits in the UK.

A more infamous achievement at Micro-Mesh was the creation of the Heat Shield. In 1973 Bob Underwood was approached by Occidental Petroleum to examine a structure to remove radiant heat from flair burn-off on oil-rigs. The first prototype was manufactured that year with promising results and the next year more tests were conducted by the department of Engineering at Nottingham University to improve the performance of the Heat Shield prototype. In ‘76 the first Heat Shield was secured on the Piper Alpha oil-rig in the Claymore field and by 1981 the Heat Shield was so successful that it could be found on all offshore oil-rigs. Nowadays the Heat Shield is better known as the Locker Shield.

On the demise of coal mining in the 80’s Micro-Mesh was forced to move into different markets and ten years later Micro-Mesh had successfully entered the Rail, Off-road and Automotive sectors. Jarvis, Balfour Beatty, Network Rail, Bombardier, Rolls Royce and Terex are just some of the companies we have worked with in our forty-six year existence. At Micro-Mesh we have always maintained longstanding relations with our customers, by meeting their specific needs for a competitive price. By doing this we have continually grown over the past four decades.

When we started in ‘68 we were just working from a small place in Nottingham and fifteen years later in ‘83 we moved to our second premises. There was another moving in 2003, but this time just a few doors down as the current factory could not keep up with the growth of Micro-Mesh. It was an ambitious 1200 square feet building restoration programme; turning the old pub ‘The Barley Mow’ into our new office and factory. In 2009 an extension was built as the growth of Micro-Mesh pushed the factory to the limits. Just a few years later Micro-Mesh purchased a new building on the Blenheim Industrial Estate, as the current offices and factory were getting too small.

This time it was a smaller renovation, however it was still ambitious. This new building, which we suitably named Innovation House, took eight months to complete as the roof was raised giving Micro-Mesh a 30% increase on volume and doubled the manufacturing area and in the beginning of 2014 the company officially moved into the Innovation House. With Micro-Mesh growing at a healthy pace, this new building gives us the opportunity to extend by another 50% in the near future. Since the inception of Micro-Mesh we have multiplied our work premises a 100 times.

Our moving history is a great way to show how Micro-Mesh has developed and flourished over the years with growth always being continual and healthy. Our vision is to continue this route and make sure we are recognized and respected as a manufacturer for filtration design, innovation and expertise. This vision has always been embodied in Micro-Mesh, together with the values of Micro-Mesh. By 1991 only one of the four founding directors was left embodying this; Bob Underwood. On the whole Bob Underwood was Managing Director at Micro-Mesh for 21 years and in 2003 his son, James Underwood, took over from him as Managing Director having worked at Micro-Mesh since he was a schoolboy. This specific event turned Micro-Mesh officially into a family business.