In 1967 David Newman commenced grinding performance camshafts on a Churchill cam grinder that he modified for non-production camshaft manufacture. One of the first camshafts that he ground was for the Competition Department of the Rootes Motor Company, now Peugeot, grinding Hillman Hunter and Imp competition camshafts. As a company, we continued to manufacture and grind performance camshafts. During the early 1980’s, there was a substantial increase in the production of overhead camshaft engines, many of which suffered from premature camshaft and cam follower wear. We received enquiries regarding the manufacture of replacement camshafts, rocker arms, cam followers, and we took a decision to expand into the production of new parts. This increase in production, led to a large expansion of new manufacturing plant and staff, with 70% of our production being exported. During the late 1980’s we saw that the hardenable iron camshafts that had been the normal camshaft material, mainly in use in America and some engines in Europe, was not wear-resistant enough for OHC engines, so we worked with a UK foundry to develop small batch runs of chilled iron castings, making our own pattern equipment. This enabled us to offer, in some cases, parts that were of better quality than the OE part. At this time, we had enquiries for out-of-production camshafts for car and motorbike engines, and we developed a range of camshafts for, mainly, sports car engines and motorcycle engines. In 1985 David Newman’s son Ken joined the Company.
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