AB Pneumatics Ltd has been in business for over 40 years, experiencing many highs and lows, but has always stayed focused on producing world class products through local manufacturing.
Dr Armstrong and Mr Burrell had a vision when starting the company to use their expertise developed working with Goodyear to service a very unique market. Although they were more engineers than salesmen their knowledge won them orders. The company was strong enough to go through several recessions but at the age of 69 Dr Armstrong thought it was time to hand it over.
In May 2010 the company was purchased by Peter Blair and Jonny Boomer with the aim to grow and develop AB Pneumatics product range. The company was finding it hard to compete at this time, but through the loyalty of our customers and suppliers AB Pneumatics began to grow again.
Although the company had a small customer base and product range, growth came during 2011 and 2012 with some investment in people and equipment. The introduction of Steven Boal in the engineering department brought in some new ideas and gave the customers confidence.
With the introduction of new products, as well as pushing into the export market, AB Pneumatics started to grow as a brand again. The Donut Spring range has introduced the company to the rest of the world with exports to the US, Australia, Spain, Austria, Italy, India, Germany, UAE, Cyprus as well as other countries through our distributor network.
Working with Dunlop Systems and Components on the shock-absorber range brought even more demand for not only production but product development. Currently AB Pneumatics is producing over 18 variants of sleeves.
During 2015 a large investment was made and the company moved to a new factory, which allowed for a better, leaner layout of the equipment, making efficiencies throughout the business. With a further introduction of larger steam boilers to give extra capacity and a further extension to the factory in 2017, the growth continues.
Now with the introduction of Dunlop Systems and Components into the business structure, AB Pneumatics plans for growth to continue and the team looks forward to the challenges ahead.
We’ve come a long way since we were founded in 1983. Below is a timeline of our journey.
Further investment into our testing facilities, with the purchase of the Instron 8801 Servohydraulic Fatigue Testing System.2023
Further investment into Dunlop area and additional personnel.2022
Extension of factory to standalone seat assembly line.2021
Dunlop systems and Components acquires shares in AB Pneumatics.2019
Moved to the new factory on the Glenavy Road. The company had operated from the Halftown road facility for over 30 years.2016
Management buy-out. Dr Armstrong then retires at the age of 69.2010
First orders from Trelleborg now Dunlop Systems & Components for shock absorber sleeves.2005
Dr Armstrong becomes sole proprietor of the company.1995
Company was founded by two former Goodyear project chemical engineers Dr W.A Armstrong and W.H Burrell to develop and manufacture high technology rubber products.1983