4B BRAIME Group – Celebrating 130 Years
Engineering Excellence since 1888
The 4B Braime Group, headquartered in Leeds /UK and known across the bulk material handling industry for its range of bucket elevator and conveyor components, has just celebrated its 130th anniversary. In recognition of its continuous pursuit of “engineering excellence since 1888”, the company has been awarded the prestigious Yorkshire Society plaque.
The Braime Group traces back its origins to the 19th century. Around 1900, the company pioneered the introduction of a new technology of Deep Drawn Steel Presswork, It began manufacturing pressed seamless steel elevator buckets, issuing its first catalogue in 1908 offering over 350 sizes.
In the latter part of the 20th century, the group launched its 4B division, which specializes in components for material handling industries. Today the 4B Group operates in over 80 countries, with subsidiaries the US, France, Germany, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil and China, and the 4B brand stands for worldwide reliability and quality engineering.
With the world’s largest range of elevator and conveyor components, 4B’s material handling division has led the field in elevator bucket design and manufacture by supplying the highest quality products. Amongst the company’s most well-known product innovations are the Starco elevator bucket (the world’s 1st low profile elevator bucket using centrifugal discharge on a parabolic elevator head) and the Bolt ‘n’ Go chain system (a new assembly method for forged chains using bolt-on flights instead of welding).
Innovation has always been at the heart of the group’s ethos, and in the 1980’s with growing safety concerns and a need to monitor the performance of bucket elevators and conveyors, the company was the first to launch a range of specialized electronic components and sensors to reduce the explosion risks in hazardous environments. When 4B introduced their Watchdog Elite bucket elevator monitoring system, they were the first on the market to offer a system that could monitor a complete elevator or conveyor system. The Watchdog Elite has quickly established itself as the industry reference in hazard monitoring. 4B sensors and monitoring systems are trusted worldwide to detect and prevent explosions in material handling installations in animal feed factories, oil processing facilities and port terminals. Designed and made in Leeds, these products have become an industry leading brand. The 4B group continues to develop new products in line with changing technology and its electronic systems such as Hazardmon, are designed to be operated remotely via the cloud.
“4B Braime is a customer focused engineering business, which from its foundation, has always aimed to provide customers with products and solutions which are “better by design”, Nicholas Braime, chairman and group managing director, explains.
The group is indeed proud to celebrate 130 years of excellence and looks forward to a bright future.