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A Brief History

FPW Axles can trace its origins back to 1910 when the company was formed under Moss Gear Co. Moss Gears manufactured spiral Bevel Gears and Gearboxes and in the 1940's they were taken over temporarily by the British MOD for the duration of WW2. Production was transferred to the transmission of tanks and Military Vehicles.

In 1949 production reverted to civilian applications such as gearboxes for Jenson, Morgan and Jaguar. In 1966 production was split between Merthyr Tydfil in Wales and Accrington in the North West of England which is the home of FPW today.

Due to a company restructure there was a management buyout of the Accrington division, the newly formed FPW Axles Ltd was named after Basil Fone, Frank Pickles and Len Wilson. The product range was consolidated to allow specialisation of axle production.

In 1995 FPW Axles purchased Woodfield Engineering Company to further increase manufacturing capacity, from this purchase FPW were now able to offer a total manufacturing capability. 1997 was the year that FPW attained the British Standard ISO 9001.

Due to FPW's forward-thinking approach, we gained a patent for the first oil-immersed maintenance free front axle design. Due to growth, not only in the UK but also in European and international markets too, FPW opened an additional all purpose built facility to allow FPW to continue its expansion.

The team

FPW Axles is a world leader in the Design, Engineering and Manufacture of Steer, Drive and Drive/Steer Axles for every application of Special Purpose Vehicle - all thanks to our exceptional team of employees.

The FPW team is made up of some of the most innovative a creative minds in the industry, we encourage all of the FPW team to think differently and help create the Special Purpose Vehicle Axles of tomorrow. 

FPW Team
FPW Directors

The directors

FPW Axles Board of Directors is made up of over 100 years of experience within the special purpose vehicle axle markets. The board brings together the strategic vision for FPW that delivers the effective guidance that drives the organisations success.

FPW History Moss Gears


FPW Axles was founded in 1982 following a management buy out of Moss Gears, Basil Fone, Frank Pickles and Len Wilson gave the FPW name we know and love today.

FPW Core Values


FPW Axles culture has grown organically overtime from the cumulative traits of our employees

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