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.