Armfield can trace its history back over 130 years, throughout which the Company's policy of quality, innovation and service has helped it to maintain a strong market position and develop a reputation for industry leadership. Armfield's business is divided between two distinct sectors; Engineering Education and Industrial Research & Development.
Operating since 1963, the Armfield Education Division designs and manufactures equipment for engineering education and research. Used at universities, colleges, schools and research centres around the globe, Armfield equipment is known for innovative designs and a level of quality unmatched in the industry. The Armfield range covers all of the main engineering disciplines, and is constantly evolving in line with the growing demands of engineering education.
The Armfield Industrial Division designs and manufactures research & development systems, primarily for the food, beverage, dairy, edible oil and pharmaceutical industries. Used by many of the world's leading corporations, Armfield systems allow researchers and product developers to replicate full-scale industrial manufacturing processes on a miniature-scale in the laboratory.
The Company was originally formed in Ringwood, England in 1875. The founder, 23 year old Joseph J. Armfield, was a Quaker who had decided to settle in the town following a brief visit. J.J. Armfield had gained invaluable experience as an apprentice at an iron works in Carshalton, near London, and began manufacturing and repairing farm and milling machinery on the site of an old brewery just outside Ringwood town centre. The business thrived, employing 30 men by 1876.
In 1887, the first Armfield water turbine was produced. These soon became the core of the business and by 1939, although Joseph Armfield was no longer leading the Company, Armfield had sold over 1,000 machines throughout the world.See more