- Brush HMA
Brush HMA is a manufacturer of large
generators for gas turbineand steam turbinedrive applications, based at Ridderkerkin Holland.
The Brush HMA manufacturing plant is located adjacent to the river Nord at
Ridderkerknear to Rotterdamin the Netherlands. The business began back in November 1882 when two young Dutch entrepreneurs, Adriaan Potand Willem Smit established a company called Elektrisch Licht-Machinen Fabriek Willem Smit & Co.
Later the name changed to
Smit Slikkerveer. In the early days, the company manufactured various electrical products including dynamos and lighting equipment. This was followed by direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electric motors, generators, drives and transformers.
In 1962 following a merger between
Smit Slikkereerand Heemaf Hengelo, the new name of Saenwerkende Elektroechische Fabrrieken Holec NVwas created. During the 1980s the company, which was simply known as Holec Machines and Appararten, was suffering from falling business due to loss of work from the fading shipbuilding industry. This downturn resulted in more restructuring and uncertainty for the business.
In 1989 the
Holec Machines and Apparartenbusiness along with associated sister companies were taken over by the Royal Begemann Group, which provided considerable capital investment for the new plant, and equipment required to keep the company viable and competitive in a global market place. It also allowed the company to move further into traction electrical machines.
In March 1998, the company was split into two smaller but focussed business units,
HMA Power Systemsand Traxis BV. Traxis BVfocussed on traction control equipment whereas the larger HMA Power Systemsconcentrated on its core business of medium to large AC generators, DC traction motors, associated control equipment and service and repair work.
Early in 2000
HMA Power Systemswas purchased outright by FKIplc and was renamed Brush HMA. Brush HMA currently employs approximately 350 staff across its range of manufacturing shops and design and development offices.
The Brush HMA plant at
Ridderkerkhas manufactured many different types of electrical machines and associated equipment over the last 120 years. Today its core business is centred on the manufacture of medium sized 4 pole turbo-generators (Brush Turbogenerator Division centre of excellence), AC traction motors and service and repair of electrical machines. In the 4-pole turbogenerator range, the principal product is the DG range, which is sold globally to all major oil and gas companies.
* [http://www.brush.eu Brush website]
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