Nottinghamshire-based automotive parts manufacturer, BM Catalysts, is celebrating after reaching its 50th birthday over the weekend. Founded in 1966 by Alf Belton and Eric Massey, BM Catalysts has grown from a small family-run tyre and exhaust fitting centre in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, to Europe’s largest manufacturer of Catalytic Converters, Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) and Front Pipes.
Current Managing Director, Toby Massey, who is the grandson of founder Eric, believes foresight, business agility and the ability to develop new product ranges is one of the company’s key successes, as he confirms: “Being able to spot emerging market trends from an early stage meant that we were able to provide our customers with exactly what they are looking for. Doing this enabled us to expand and make significant investment into new and exciting operations, facilities and personnel.
“When my grandfather started the company 50 years’ ago as a fast-fit tyre and exhaust centre I’m certain he never dreamt it would become what it has: the largest company of its kind in Europe. I’ve grown up with this company, it runs in my blood. I’m extremely proud to be continuing our family tradition of providing secure employment opportunities to hundreds of people in Nottinghamshire, and contributing positively to the economy of the East Midlands.
“We’ve certainly got no plans to slow down. Our comprehensive research and development team not only allows us to produce hundreds of new parts each year, but means that we are able to offer the European aftermarket one of the widest ranges available from an aftermarket supplier. With continuing growth across the continent, the beginning of 2016 has certainly been a busy one for us, but we are looking forward to continuing the upward trajectory in the second half of this year and in the next half century to come.”
Current Chairman and father of Toby, John Massey, offers thanks to the stakeholders of the company: “Since we first opened our doors in 1966 (the same day that England won the World Cup!), the business has continually grown and been able to diversify into what is has become today. This would not have been possible without the employees, customers and suppliers who have supported BM Catalysts throughout its incredible journey.”
To celebrate the company’s milestone year, BM Catalysts 200 employees took a break from their busy schedules and got together for a team photograph in front of its manufacturing facility at Fulwood Rise.