Thermocable Is a world leading manufacturer of cable based sensing and detection technologies based in the UK.
Shaped by a 45 year history of dedication and attention to detail, technological innovation and an intuitive approach to emerging markets, we’ve earned a first class, global reputation – of which we are justifiably proud.
We offer a vertically integrated lean approach through design, development and manufacturing, providing reassurance of a flexible and responsive approach to our customer needs and speed to market – everything that blue chip companies would expect from an IS0 9001:2008 accredited, internationally qualified category solutions provider.
We have a second to none ability to spot the next application for our technology and harness its power and potential to improve process safety and protect assets, as well as save lives.
How our history has shaped our future
Since the launch of Thermocable in 1968 the company has continually generated new ideas to bring best leading edge products to market. Key milestones in the business have shaped our future direction and development. It’s no coincidence that our ability to innovate and a desire to ‘do things differently’ now set us firmly apart from competitors.
From early recognition as a leading manufacturer of heating cables for the refrigeration sector, our in house knowledge grew as rapidly as our business and we gained expertise in ever changing technology and the processes involved. It wasn’t long before we’d become a world leading supplier of flexible heating elements.
Behind the scenes our research and development programmes coupled with an ongoing strategy of planned investment, were having a significant effect on our ability to win business and compete at the highest levels.
This success resulted in the development of many more key products, creating a range of industry firsts. Just like in those early days, our team today still has a keen passion for innovation and a hunger to create, which we nurture every day. By working closely with market leaders we’re continuously challenging, developing and testing to achieve the most cost effective solutions as well as maintaining the outstanding ISO 9001:2008 level of quality across our entire range.
1968 – laying the foundations for half a century of business growth
Thermocable Flexible Elements Limited was founded in 1968, first trading as Thermo-Insulations (Yorkshire) Limited and changed its name to Thermocable (Flexible Elements) Limited in 1978, moving to our current premises at Pasture Lane, Clayton, Bradford in 1980.
Here the foundations were laid to provide longevity as a successful trading entity and a rich heritage of product development and innovation.
1980’s – harnessing our home grown engineering expertise
Equipment designed and engineered in-house, delivered the capability to produce heating cables with market leading flexibility, the key requirement for long-lasting electric blankets. As time progressed the manufacture of flexible heating cables became Thermocable’s core competence.
Harnessing this considerable in house expertise led to our association with the innovation, design and manufacture of these cables as demand continued to grow.
1990’s-2001 – gearing up to export our flexible heating cables
Thermocable began to export flexible heating cables to electric blanket manufacturers in Europe, South Africa and Hong Kong in the late 1990’s, and in 2001 acquired an additional facility to manage increasing demands on the business, especially with the anticipation of exporting heating cables to the USA.
As new markets were being established, it became clear that increased globalisation combined with manufacturers moving production facilities overseas, would lead to the demise of manufacturing electric blankets in the UK.
2002- addressing the threats and opportunities of globalisation
The current Managing Director joined the business and was tasked with the job of managing the complexities, threats and possible opportunities associated with globalisation. Realising the manufacturing hub of electric blankets would migrate to China, Thermocable immediately started to investigate business opportunities in China and for three years an office was established in Shenzhen through cooperation with The China British Business Council. Prior to 2002, 80% of Thermocable’s production was sold into the domestic market. In 2012 over 80% of its production was subject to export around the world.
This forward looking philosophy has been key to staying ahead of changes in our market places, and we actively began to seek out ways to deploy our in house technologies to future proof our business, as well as those of our customers.
2004-2011 – signalling an intensive period of Research & Development
A deliberate choice was made in 2004 to begin an intensive research and development programme, to identify new cables that could be developed and manufactured from existing technologies, to diversify and penetrate new and more robust markets. After a seven year period, a range of cable-based sensing products were developed and qualified to international product approvals. We have subsequently safeguarded our product innovations and approvals with the appropriate patents and trademarks.
This decision to embark on a lengthy and pre-planned period of investment has been fundamental to the identification of new and expanding markets.
2011 onwards – launching our family of Linear Detection Products & Technologies
Today Thermocable produces a diverse range of linear heat, water, frost and security detection products, which are all inspired by our world renowned flexible heating cables and our desire to bring our exclusive technologies to bear in new and emerging applications.
In addition we have also developed machine-to-machine (M2M) remote monitoring technology in order to offer complete end-to-end solutions for our cable-based detection products. Outside of a small remote monitored controller, no ancillary equipment is required to realise the full benefits offered by Thermocable’s linear product range.
Looking to the future – a focus on delivering major benefits to our customers
All Thermocable’s products are technology based and designed for major end user benefits which include life and asset protection plus the potential for considerable cost and time savings.