History

  • 1910 - The company was formed under it’s original name of Moss Gear Co. by the Dukitt family in Aston,West Midlands, England. They named the company Moss Gear, as the family originated from Moss Side, Yorkshire, England. The company started by manufacturing Spiral Bevel gears and Gearboxes for the developing car and motorcycle industry.
  • 1920 - The company expanded it’s product range to include the production of Industrial Gearboxes.
  • 1938 - Moss Gear employed over two thousand employees and relocated production to Tyburn. The company expanded it’s product range again to include Prop Shafts, Gear Couplings, Agricultural axles and mechanics joints.
  • 1940 - The company was taken over temporarily by the British Ministry Of Defence for the duration of the Second World War. The production is switched to the transmission for tanks and other military vehicles.
  • 1949 - Production reverts back to civilian applications such as gearboxes for companies such as Jenson, Morgan and Jaguar.
  • 1966 - The Tyburn factory is closed and production is split between Merthyr Tydvil inWales, and Accrington in the North West of England. The Accrington factory concentrated mainly on gearboxes, forklift truck and commercial vehicle axles.
  • 1982 - Due to restructuring at Moss Gear there was a management buy-out of the Accrington division. The newly formed company, F.P.W. Axles Ltd, was named after the management team: Basil Fone, Frank Pickles and Len Wilson. F.P.W. Axles Ltd, consolidated the product range to allow the specialisation of axle production.
  • 1983 - Axle manufacturing rights of British Leyland’s Light Axle Division purchased in order to complement the existing product range.
  • 1995 - Woodfield Engineering Company Ltd was purchased to further increase manufacturing capacity and product diversity. By incorporating the sub contract machining of automotive related components along with axle production, F.P.W. Axles Ltd are able to offer a total manufacturing capability.
  • 1997 - British Standard ISO 9001 was attained.
  • Present - F.P.W. Axles continues to extend the product range while continuing to invest in modern design and production techniques.