Radicon gears-up for exciting future

Staff at Radicon based at Lowfields Business Park, Elland
Staff at Radicon based at Lowfields Business Park, Elland

Radicon, one of the oldest names in power transmission, has taken one of the most significant steps in its 150-plus year history.

It is now part of the Elecon Engineering Group, Asia’s largest and fastest growing gear manufacturer, following the acquisition in November 2010 from David Brown Gear Systems Ltd, of Huddersfield.

Radicon has since relocated into 3,000m premises on the Lowfields Business Park, Elland.

As well as moving, Radicon has also rebranded at the end of 2011, giving itself a new fresh and distinctive look.

Radicon’s main activity is the supply of industrial power transmission units (gearboxes) for applications such as Wind Turbines through to Kiddie car rides, high speed test rigs to slow speed drives revolving one revolution per hour - if the application requires turning Radicon will have a product to suit.

The name Radicon is synonymous with worm gearing with over five million units having been sold worldwide, in industries ranging from steel production to food and beverage, somewhere along the line Radicon will have played a part in all our lives.

An aspect of the business that is growing rapidly is the service and repair division which, with a lifting capacity of 12 tonnes, allows the company to repair almost any unit from any manufacturer.

Over the last four years Radicon has started to recruit and train apprentices, something which hadn’t happened for many years, the first graduate of this scheme is now taking up a full-time skilled position with the company,

The total number of apprentices is five which represents eight per cent of the workforce.

The association with Elecon gives Radicon access to a much wider portfolio of products, with capacities into the millions of Nm and weighing upwards of 100 tonnes, so the company has all the bases covered.

In lieu of sending Christmas cards to suppliers and customers, Radicon traditionally, makes a donation to charity.

And, this year, Radicon is supporting a local Calderdale charity Kidz Foundation which helps families with children suffering from serious illnesses.