One of Birmingham’s longest established family-owned engineering companies has been given a royal seal of approval as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.
Brandauer, which started life as a pen nib manufacturer, welcomed The Princess Royal to its Newtown factory to showcase the precision components and stampings it currently sells all over the world.
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne was introduced to 11 former employees, existing staff that have more than 550 years service between them, recently qualified apprentices and the family owners, which included the co-founder’s four great-great-grandchildren.
She then viewed an exhibition of the many different Brandauer products from the past century and a half, including a tiny lithographic nib that has been in continuous production for at least 145 years, before viewing first-hand the state-of-the-art wire EDM cell, tool-room and upper press shop that is currently making vision system electrodes for a global automotive client.
The visit ended with HRH Princess Royal unveiling a plaque – made by fellow Midlands Assembly Network member Advanced Chemical Etching – to mark the 150th anniversary.
John Berkeley OBE, chairman at Brandauer, said the world is a different place to when the company began.
He said: “Before companies like Brandauer were established, people were writing with birds’ feathers sharpened to a point.
“The introduction of the steel pen revolutionised writing habits and today we are still at the forefront of innovation, supplying critical components to clean energy generation units and to ground-breaking projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider that will help transform our understanding of the universe.”