Yorkshire firm expands its market share in Europe

Langver Engineering

A MANUFACTURING company which makes ratchet tensioners for heavy goods vehicles is increasing its presence in the lucrative European market with its latest contract win.

Langver has teamed up with Spanish logistics company Guillen in a deal worth over £25,000.

It will see Thirsk-based Langver, which distributes its products to 90 per cent of the UK market, supply around 800 ratchet tensioners in two phases.

The deal is a major breakthrough for Langver, who have invested over £200,000 in state of the art machinery to enable it to expand into the vast European market.

Managing Director Scott Taylor said: “Our reputation in the UK is second to none, however the European market is a much harder nut to crack so winning this work with Guillen is a significant boost for us.

“It gives us an important foothold on the continent which we hope will be the perfect platform to us winning more work across Europe.

“Guillen are a long-established logistics firm with a huge fleet of vehicles operating in a number of companies so the potential of this contract to lead to further work is massive for us.

“We’ve invested heavily in recent months to ensure we’re as competitive and efficient as we can be, and already that investment is paying off.”

Langver, which was the subject of a management buy-out led by Scott and his business partner Claire Matten, has expanded into a second unit on Thirsk Industrial Park to house its assembly, packing and distribution of goods.

In the existing unit, the company will continue to design and manufacture their products.

Langver sponsors Kyle Ryde Racing as he takes on the 2017 World Supersport Championship.

Scott Taylor & Kyle Ryde Racing

Langver Engineering are proud to partner with Kyle Ryde Racing.

Manufacturer of ratchet tensioners Langver Engineering based in North Yorkshire, have stepped in to provide sponsorship. Owners Scott Taylor and Claire Matten, sponsored Kyle Ryde Racing after seeing his recent online appeal for helmet sponsorship. Langver decided to sponsor Kyle not only to promote their company to a global audience, but also to show their support to Kyle throughout the World Supersport Championship.

Kyle Ryde began racing at the age of six and has since forged a successful career within motorcycle racing. Kyle won the British 125GP Championship and ACU Academy Cup in 2011 as well as the Pirelli National 600cc Superstock Championship in 2014; all under the age of 17! Now, aged 19 Kyle is set to take on the 2017 World Supersport Championship for the first time displaying the Langver logo.

Scott Taylor joint managing director of Langver Engineering said: “Kyle caught my eye in 2011 when he became the youngest 125cc British Champion and I’ve followed his progress ever since. I have continued to keep an eye on his very successful progress and seen him and his ‘family run team’ go from strength to strength.

In early 2016, Ryde signed with an Italian team for his first season’s racing in the World Supersport Championship but the team unexpectedly withdrew from competition without explanation after the first five rounds. When I heard about this I, as much as anyone, was devastated and thought his big chance had gone.

In 2017 when Kyle got the offer to race with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Factory Team I knew the family would have to raise a significant amount of cash to fund a season’s racing, so after all these years of watching Kyle, Langver decided to help him fund his season.”

Kyle Ryde Racing team added “We are very pleased to announce Langver as a sponsor for 2017 and look forward to developing a strong relationship with them throughout next season and beyond. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Scott Taylor and Claire Matten for negotiating the deal and providing Kyle the opportunity to represent the Langver brand as he takes on the fast approaching, World Supersport Championship.”

Growing engineering company is forging ahead with continued expansion plans for 2017 after its most successful year to date.

Thirsk-based Langver, which manufactures curtainsider ratchet tensioners for heavy goods vehicles, has exceeded its growth targets and started to increase its presence in the lucrative European market.

And after investing heavily in new machinery to boost competitiveness, the company was also recently named Best Small Business at The Press Business Awards, held at York Racecourse, in November.

Langver, which is run by directors Claire Matten and Scott Taylor, beat off strong competition from Jorvik Tricycles and The York Handmade Brick Company to win the prestigious accolade.

Scott said: “Claire and I are incredibly humbled to have even been nominated for this accolade and to win it is such honour, especially as we were both born and raised in the area.

“I guess that is where we get our work ethic and determination from. We would consider our attitude to business ‘a Yorkshireman’s way of life’ in which everything you do is to the best of your ability.

“The win is certainly the icing on the cake for us after what’s been such a successful year for the business. The challenge now is to build on that success and ensure the ambitious plans we’ve put in place for next year are achieved.”

Langver, which was founded in the 1970s, now operates from two units on Thirsk Industrial Park.

It supplies 90 per cent of the UK market with ratchet tensioners, and the aim for 2017 is to strengthen its foothold across Europe.

Claire added: “We still operate Langver with the original values instilled by the company’s founders and refuse to compromise on quality or service.

“This integrity has taken our product from Yorkshire to our global customers and the aim is to become as established on the continent as we are here in the UK.”

Langver Engineering Proud to Sponsor Falcons Junior Football Team


Thirsk Falcon’s Juniors under-14s team is delighted to be joining forces with local Thirsk firm Langver Engineering. 

Engineering manufacturer Langver is a global company with its roots firmly in North Yorkshire. With a reputation for engineering quality and customer excellence, the community focused company was more than happy to step in to support the team in their quest for a range of new match kit. 

The established junior football team, which has been together since they were 6 years old, will now proudly display the Langver company logo on their new Avec elite tracksuits as they continue their season in the Teesside Junior Football league. 

Miles Bainbridge under-14s team manager and coach said “The team is pushing for promotion this year. With the support of Langver Engineering and the continued commitment of our players, parent and coaches we really do feel that the Langver sponsored elite tracksuits will help to instil a sense of pride and professionalism in the players which can only continue to strengthen our great start to the season. The players are extremely happy with their new kit; we can’t thank Scott and Claire enough for their support of the club and the team.” 

It’s not the first time Langver Engineering has supported the club.  In previous years the company has sponsored the match kit of one of the under-11s team, which still sports the company logo on the team’s signature claret and blue home strip. 

Scott Taylor joint managing director of Langver Engineering added “We are a growing company that takes its corporate responsibilities seriously.  We’re proud of our association with Thirsk Falcons Junior football club and pleased to continue our support for the u14s team. We came along to watch the team last week and saw them put in an impressive performance to take them to the top of the league. The players look very smart in their new tracksuits and we’re looking forward to watching their season progress.”

Thirsk Falcons Juniors has grown to be one of the largest amateur sports clubs in the town and is as popular as ever with over 250 boys and girls registered. The club thrives on the commitment and dedication of volunteers and the business community who support the club.  

Langver spends £200,000 on machinery to bolster European expansion bid


The country’s leading manufacturer of curtainsider ratchet tensioners has invested £200,000 in state of the art machinery.

Langver, which supplies its products to 90 per cent of the UK market, has purchased several new machines which speed up manufacturing and enhance productivity.

The investment will strengthen Langver’s efforts to expand into the lucrative European market.

The company, which is based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, has seen record growth in recent months and turnover is expected to reach £2.5m by the end of the current financial year.

Scott Taylor, managing director said: “We know we’re the UK’s leading supplier in our industry; the next step is to break into the fast-growing continental market.

“If we’re to do that, we must ensure we’re as competitive and efficient as we can be, so we’ve invested heavily in new cutting edge machinery which we hope will strengthen our offering to potential overseas clients.”

Langver, which was the subject of a management buy-out led by Scott and his business partner Claire Matten, recently expanded into a second unit to house assembly, packing and distribution. In the existing unit Langver will design and manufacture its goods.

The company supplies ratchet tensioners to 90 per cent of the UK’s curtainsider manufacturers with logistics companies such as Eddie Stobart operating trailers fitted with Langver tensioners.

Driver training manager at Eddie Stobart, Chris Grice said: “It is important that the curtain tensioner is robust as it retains the curtain taught and tight which in turn provides protection against all weather conditions. We insist on the best because it is necessary for our operation.”

Managing Director supports women in industry


More women should consider a future in the engineering industry, according to the boss of a growing international company.

Claire Matten is joint owner of Langver, the country’s leading manufacturer of curtainsider ratchet tensioners. Along with her business partner Scott Taylor, Claire undertook a management buyout of the North Yorkshire-based firm several years ago and has helped significantly grow the company’s portfolio. Langver now supplies its products to 90 per cent of the UK market.

Following a recent recruitment drive Claire said: “Perceptions of the engineering industry are changing but I think, wrongly, it is still seen as a career for men.

“We’re a growing company committed to investing in young talent, as well as retaining our vastly experienced workforce, and as part of our ongoing recruitment plans, I would love to see more women put themselves forward for positions within the company.

“Engineering can involve all sorts of skills and disciplines and doesn’t have to mean you’re working on a production line. I think many women would be surprised if they came to our facility and had a look around.”

Every year there’s a celebration of women in the industry with National Women in Engineering Day, which showcases the success of female engineers working for companies of all sizes around the UK. And Claire believes the increased profile of this event could help drive forward the number of women who choose to pursue careers in the engineering industry.

“The key for me is women seeing that there are real careers to be had, that the industry can offer them progression and a job for life. At Langver we are committed to attracting the best people into the business and I am certain that there are females out there who could make a real contribution to our continued growth,” added Claire.

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Yorkshire firm is recognised for staff training and development


The country’s leading manufacturer of curtainsider ratchet tensioners has been recognised for its commitment to investing in the next generation of workers.

Langver, which supplies its products to 90 per cent of the UK market, won the Learning and Development category at the Hambleton Business Awards 2016.

The company, which is based on Thirsk Industrial Park and provides customised tensioners for curtainsider trailers, was singled out for staff training and development, a key element of its planning agenda.

Claire Matten, Joint Managing Director at Langver, said: “We know how important staff attraction and retention are, that’s why we’ve invested heavily in our staff training and development programmes.

“They’re as important to us as the latest machinery we buy or products we design and manufacture, as they’re the people who will enable our business to continue to grow.

“To be recognised at these prestigious local business awards is fantastic and testament to the hard work that everyone at Langver has put in to ensure we are an employer who can not only recruit the most talented workers but, more importantly, keep them.”

Each year Langver, whose workforce has doubled in the last couple of years, is also committed to offering apprenticeship opportunities to the right people.

Callum Manson is an apprentice engineer coming to the end of his first year at Derwent Training Association. He is undertaking his Engineering and Manufacturing Level 3 (a three-year course) through the award body SEMTA.

George Oyston, who joined Langver from Derwent in February 2014, completed his apprenticeship last year and is still learning in the CNC machine shop, under the guidance of Sam Berry and Iain Milner.

Claire added: “We’re always looking for ways to help our staff, for instance we recently paid for one of our young workers to learn to drive as we know that will make a big difference to him, and ultimately have a positive impact on Langver.

“We’ve built this business with people at the heart of it and that will remain our priority as we implement our ambitious growth plans over the coming months.”

Yorkshire firm sets its sights on international market

A manufacturing company that supplies curtainsider ratchet tensioners to 90 per cent of the UK market is moving into Europe as part of its ambitious growth plans.

Langver, which is based at Thirsk Industrial Park, was the subject of a management buyout in 2005 and has since seen its staff numbers rise to 26 and turnover increase from £1.6m to an expected £2.5m in 2016. The company, which provides bespoke design and precision engineering to its clients, has announced plans to expand its portfolio into Europe, having firmly established itself as the market leader in the UK. Scott Taylor, who jointly owns the business with Claire Matten, said: “We are regarded as the leading manufacturer of curtainsider ratchet tensioners in the UK and have also been successful in securing clients in Europe and Canada. “However, the European market is massive and we’ve only really touched the tip of the iceberg, so with a bit of a marketing push we could really establish the Langver brand over there. “We’ve set ourselves some ambitious targets, having seen our business grow year on year since Claire and I undertook the management buyout, and our expansion into the continental market is a natural step for us.” Langver’s workforce, which has doubled in the past 24 months, has over 175 years’ experience and there are plans to recruit further during 2016 and 2017 as the growth plans are implemented.

The company’s ethos is on manufacturing products which have been specifically designed to fit each client’s requirements. The ratchet tensioners, which are found on all four corners of the curtainsider trailer, are manufactured from the best material available using the latest technology and a highly skilled workforce.

A Rough Diamond Hidden in North Yorkshire


Langver Engineering Limited, designers and manufacturers of curtain side tensioners for the global trailer industry, has seen double digit growth in sales, resulting in £2.2m GBP with contracts from major trailer manufacturers in 2015. Langver Engineering is a hidden gem in the North Yorkshire dales operating from the market town of Thirsk.

Scott Taylor and Claire Matten, joint owners and directors, have transformed the business following a management buyout in 2005. The pair are investing heavily in updating processes and equipment in order to continue with their core values which include exceptional quality and delivery to its global client base.

The business has also invested heavily in its brand and is working with technical marketing consultants to guide Langver on the best strategic course of action. A new logo and website have been designed to establish a solid brand identity in the market place.

“It’s important our market sees what we do and more importantly, how we do it.” Comments Claire Matten. “We are very proud of our 45 year heritage and want to share this with the world.”

Scott Taylor added: “Our number one priority is to continue delivering exceptional quality through our great people and service to our growing customer base. We have invested over £190k in new machines and over £10k in a new stock control system. We may operate in a rural location but we are global players when it comes to bespoke curtainsider tensioners. We are a very proud company!”

This growth comes during a crucial time when UK manufacturing is decreasing and Langver’s success is bucking the trend.