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Monitor Marine welcomes Neil Cramb

March 2017

Monitor Marine appoints Neil CrambHepworth Group would like to extend a very warm welcome to Neil Cramb who has been appointed to the Monitor Marine International division. Neil is from South Africa, and “grew up in Durban on the sunny shores of the Indian Ocean” as he puts it.

Neil has been involved in the marine industry since 2000, moving to Cape Town in 2006 to work with B Hepworth’s representatives, then more recently representing several well-known leisure brands in the marine industry in South Africa.

I’m looking forward to working with the Monitor Marine brand to take their unique solutions into new applications” said Neil, continuing: “because I’m passionate about boats looking good, and because Monitor Marine’s magnificent engineering is probably the finest finishing touch a well-presented yacht could have, I think our solutions will be what sets the well-dressed yacht apart from the rest”.

We are glad that you have joined the team, Neil, and we look forward to working with you.

Hepworth Group launches new Mouldings Division

March 2017

Hepworth Group launches RIM Moulding DivisionAfter heavy investment in new equipment and experienced personnel, Hepworth Group has launched a new Mouldings Division, offering in-house RIM Moulding, complimenting their already extensive range of manufacturing services.

As many of Hepworth’s current customers have both resin and metalwork requirements, especially low volume and prototype work, the RIM Moulding facility now enables the company to offer an even broader range of services.

A flexible, cost efficient process for manufacturing polyurethane resin (PU) products, Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM) allows the use soft tooling, giving a significantly cheaper alternative to conventional injection moulding.  The thickness of parts can be increased, with wall thicknesses of up to 25mm. RIM moulding can produce very large parts, up to 2000mm x 1000mm x1000mm in a wide range of materials including high impact, high temperature resistant and V0 rated (fire retardant) resins.

There are many advantages and benefits that RIM Moulding gives over injection moulding processes, which include:

  • Short runs a speciality – from 1 to 1000 off
  • Typical turnaround times of 2-3 weeks
  • A wide range of rigid, semi-rigid, flexible, high impact and high temperature resistant resins
  • The ability to produce dimensionally accurate mouldings and castings
  • Product sizes varying from a matchbox weighing just a few grams, to a product the size of a car bumper weighing up to 15 kilos.
  • Low cost tooling gives value for money compared to conventional injection moulding tooling; roughly a tenth of the cost in most cases!
  • Easily modified tooling allows for design changes in product development  

Free issue tooling is welcome.

Click here to go to the new RIM Moldings website, or for further information please click to email us.

Concrete and above-deck versions available of Helicopter Tie-Downs and Multi-Purpose-Connectors

December 2016

The existing range of high quality engineered, stainless steel and structural steel Helicopter Tie-Downs are already specified worldwide by the Super and Megayacht Builders as well as by Helipad / Deck, Offshore Rig manufacturers and other construction companies for marine and land development installations.

Monitor Marine has now developed and launched a further five models, bringing the range up to a total of 12 Tie-Down versions.

Concrete Installations
The popular “4-BAR” model has been designed with a stainless steel housing for installation into concrete. When installed, this Tie-down is completely flush with the surrounding surface. Easy to install and can be removed for servicing, if required.

Two other Multi-Purpose Connectors are also now available for similar installations. A 1 Tonne model with a Maximum Working Load (MWL) of 5 Tonnes and a 3 Tonne version with a MWL of 15 Tonnes.

Above Deck Installations
As it is sometimes not possible to gain access under top decks or helipads, Monitor now offers a choice of three products which can be fully installed from above. These are versions of the 4 Bar Tie-Down and the 1 Tonne and 3 Tonne Multi-Purpose Connectors.  Having installed a support plate, the Tie-Downs are simply bolted and secured in from above.

Please click here to go to the 4-Bar Tie-Down page, and here to go to the Multi-Purpose Connector page for more information.

Monitor Marine launches modified Multi-Purpose Connector

November 2016

Over the last month, more export orders have been received for Helicopter Tie-Downs, all for installation to new build SuperYachts, one of which has two Helidecks.

A modified version of the 3 Tonne Flush-Fit Multi-Purpose Connector now includes a design that can be installed on Helipads and Helidecks where there is limited or no under-deck installation access. This version can be fully installed above deck, being fitted into a threaded backplate. This method increases the application areas for both the 3 Tonne and 1 Tonne models. To ask for more details, please quote Part Nos. – 2175-1T and 2175-3T

A new Product Guide for 2017 (v7) is now available and on-line showing all the new product additions, together with revised loadings for Helicopter Tie-Downs; a result of design changes and Lloyds test results. You can download a copy of it by clicking here.

Monitor Marine at Monaco Yacht Show

August 2016

Monitor Marine at Monaco Yacht Show 2016Hepworth International will be showcasing the Monitor Marine product range at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show which is to be held on 28th September – 1st October 2016. We will be located in the Superyacht UK Pavilion.

Over the past six months, Monitor Marine’s Design Engineering Team has been involved in a number of new and exciting developments that will bring additional products to their current range of high quality, precision engineered stainless steel marine fittings. The Load Tests carried out recently at Lloyds British on Monitor’s range of Pull-Up Cleats were very successful, with better than expected results. On all four sizes from 120mm up to 320mm in length, the maximum Working Load calculated figures were exceeded by at least 25% in all directional loads. Not only will these cleats take higher loadings than other competitive designs, they are also low profile, require very little maintenance and are easily installed on to any type of deck structure.

Our designers are currently finalising a smaller version of the successful 1 Tonne Multi-Purpose Connector, as well as a new type of 50mm Hatch Handle.

Designed to match existing MMI highly aesthetic designs of the 50mm, 70mm, 80mm and 100mm handles, the new products will add to an already very superb quality “suite” of furniture for all new builds or re-fits.

Distributor Appointments

July 2016

Three Distributors have now been appointed in three key market areas to expand the coverage and service of Monitor Marine products.

NEMOMARIN based in Istanbul for the growing boatbuilding market in TURKEY. Nemomarin have been a very successful distributor for many years of the Hepworth and Wynn range of wiper systems.
NORTH WEST MARINE DISTRIBUTORS based in British Columbia will be promoting and supplying monitor Marine products into the expanding North American markets.
USA (East Coast)
WWT INC., based in Connecticut, a subsidiary of B. Hepworth & Co Ltd., will also be stocking and distributing the Monitor range in addition to their existing Wiper Systems business.
Negotiations are underway in other key market areas including Australia & New Zealand, Malaysia & South America.

Please click here for more information on our Distributors.

Monitor’s Pull-up Cleats, Connectors and Helicopter Tie-Downs proving a big hit!

June 2016

Monitor Marine pull-up cleats fitted to RIBThe first order for the Monitor Marine Pull-Up Cleats has been delivered and installed on a new RIB. The customer was very pleased with the ease of installation, low profile and overall good aesthetics, and we have been told that they will now be fitting these cleats to all new builds.

We have also just received confirmation of our largest order to date for the 4-Bar Helicopter Tie-Downs, from one of the world’s largest SuperYacht builders, with 45 units ordered.

A lot of enquiries are being quoted for, including one for over 300 Multi-Purpose Connectors for installations in the Middle East to anchor Skypool covers for a large area, plus sales are being made of both the 1 Tonne and 3 Tonne Connectors to an increasing number of Tender and Toy suppliers.

After a successful visit the OTC Exhibition in Houston, further meetings have now been arranged with some of the leading manufacturers of Helidecks and Helipads where the use of our wide range of Tie-Downs are the most comprehensive designs available, and a large offshore supply company based in Houston will be marketing our commercial range of Tie-Downs in South America, having already secured a significant contract with one of the world’s largest oil & gas producers.

Monitor Marine will be attending the forthcoming SuperYachts – Meet the Buyer in Italy, 15-18th June.

Superyacht Eclipse fitted with Monitor Marine helicopter tie-downs

April 2016

Monitor Marine 4-bar helicopter tie-downs on superyachtThe Superyacht Eclipse, recently arrived in Gibraltar, is fitted with Monitor Marine’s flush fitting 4-Bar helicopter tie-downs.

For a couple of years the 162.5m Eclipse, built by German shipyard Blohm & Voss GmbH, held the title of the world's longest superyacht. The enormous yacht accommodates 36 guests and can carry up to 100 crew members. Some of Eclipse’s most impressive features include a massive 200m² swim platform, a large pool on the main aft deck and two helicopter landing pads.

Click here for further information and pictures.

Productions orders going from strength to strength!

April 2016

Production orders for the Monitor Marine Superyacht range of products are still on an upward trend, with orders for Helicopter Tie-Downs increasing month-on-month, including recent contracts received from Superyacht builders in Australia and Italy.

The recently launched range of Multi-Purpose Connectors adapted for awning and bimini supports have found wide appeal; there are orders flowing in from builders all over the world, but especially from Holland and Scandinavia.

In the weeks to come, the Monitor Marine range will be shown to International Buyers at the British Marine Superyacht UK Tour of Excellence event in Portsmouth (20th April) and, as demand is increasing for Helicopter Tie-Downs from the Offshore Industries, the comprehensive range of commercial tie-downs will be shown at the forthcoming Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Trade Show, Houston, Texas, from 2nd May to 5th May.

Satin Stainless Steel and Powder Coated Finishes available

February 2016

Monitor Marine New Finishes - Satin and Powder CoatingWe now offer two additional finishes to our range of products - a beautifully smooth Satin finish Stainless Steel, and also Powder Coating in a wide variety of colours.

Please contact us for more information

New Range of Pull-Up Cleats

January 2016

Monitor Marine New Pull-Up Cleat rangeMonitor Marine New Pull-Up Cleat rangeBeautifully designed and manufactured, slimline range of cleats!

Manufactured in marine grade 316 and 17-04 stainless steel, these low profile cleats are superbly engineered, high quality, mirror polished to SuperYacht standard and are available in a range of sizes (120mm, 180mm, 240mm and 320mm).

Easy to install and simple to operate with one hand using a push-pull action, cleats can be supplied with top face logo or insignia.  Click here for more information.

Additions to range - new products launched!

January 2016

Monitor Marine New products to rangeMonitor Marine International are proud to announce the recent additions to their range of SuperYacht products.

Pull-Up Cleats, from 120mm to 320mm
• 50mm range of Finger Pulls and SnapShuts
70mm Deck Drain
70mm Mini Pad Eye for use with straps/webbing
• New range of probes for the 1 tonne multi-purpose connector,
   including fittings for awnings, bikinis, stanchions, ladders
   and tie-downs.
Stainless Steel Deck Housing for 4-Bar Helicopter Tie-Down
Maintenance Kit for routine maintenance and general upkeep of
   all Monitor Marine lock types and Multi-Purpose
   Plug-In Connectors

We also now are able to offer two additional finishes to our products: satin stainless steel, and powder coating in a variety of colours.  Please contact us for more information.

Maintenance Kit now available

December 2015

Monitor Marine Maintenance KitMonitor Marine now supply a Maintenance Kit that has been put together specifically intended for routine maintenance and general upkeep of all Monitor Marine lock types and Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connectors.

The Kit is comprised of the following items, all contained within a sturdy case:
    •    Instructions
    •    Salt-Away Spray - a product that safely removes salt from all surfaces
    •    Corrosion X - kills rust and corrosion
    •    Super Stainless™ - removes rust staining, cleans & protects
    •    Silicone Grease - contained in syringe to seal & protect locks
    •    Micro Cloth
    •    Cotton Buds and Tissues
    •    White Cotton Gloves

For more information, please click here.

End of Year Message from Jonathan Eddy, CEO

December 2015

Hepworth End of Year Message from the CEOOnce again the holiday season is approaching and with it, the end of another year. 

2015 has been a year of substantial change and development, at the end of which we are still aiming to accomplish improved results, with a priority to exceed our customer’s needs and expectations.

July saw the acquisition of Monitor Marine International, a highly strategic transaction and an excellent acquisition which complements our existing Marine product range, offering the opportunity to expand our presence and product range into the superyacht and bespoke tender markets.

With over £1 million of investment in new plant and equipment during this year alone, the company continues to grow its product base and technical abilities.
The Rail department has seen the addition of several new team members to help with the exciting developments and growth of this expanding sector, with key members of the team now regularly out on the road meeting face to face with customers, attending key trade shows and networking events.

Hepworth was awarded Best Newcomer to RailTex in the second quarter of the year, as well as being presented with the Manufacturing Achievement Award at the Made in the Midlands ceremony in October. I am also proud to be able to announce that we won our category in the Manufacturer MX Awards for Supply Chain Excellence, reflecting external commendations for Hepworth continued improvement. The Fabrications division is currently the fastest growing part of the business, with an increasing customer base. The division has penetrated a number of new markets, offering superb quality and service, whilst improving processes, capacity and capabilities as a result of implementing strategic investment in this sector of the organisation.

Within Hepworth, we have launched a number of new strategies and we will monitor and improve these throughout 2016, ensuring that we put the customer at the heart of everything we do, showing our customers how we can support their needs by providing sound technical advice where needed, flexibility where possible and a large range of specialised products and services.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal gratitude to the whole of the Hepworth team for their hard work and dedication to this company, without which we would not achieve the successes we have. It is of real value to both myself and to all of our customers.

Every New Year is a fresh beginning with great ambitions and a fitting time to refresh commitments. Hepworth International look forward to a successful and prosperous 2016.

Jonathan Eddy, CEO

New Trumpf Trulaser coming on line

December 2015

Hepworth installs new Trumpf CO2 laserHepworth International accepted delivery of the 5000 Series Trumpf CO2 laser late in November, giving more capacity and increased levels of service for the Fabrications division.

The new plant, an investment of £3/4m for the company, will be operating early December, with the ability to cut Stainless Steel up to 30mm thick, Aluminium up to 20mm thick and Mild Steel 25mm thick.

Success at the 2015 Marine Equipment Trade Show

December 2015

Hepworth International and MMI at METS 2015Hepworth International recently exhibited at the METS exhibition during 17 - 19th November 2015 which was held in Amsterdam RAI.

Over the course of the three days, more than 21,000 international marine industry professionals attended the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry.

“We look forward to this exhibition year on year” said Jonathan Eddy, CEO. “The 2015 show was a complete success with the majority of visitors to the Hepworth stand looking to buy products or planning to buy in the future”.

Hepworth International showcased their range of high quality, precision engineered stainless steel deck hardware as well as its range of Marine wiper systems, associated controllers and wash equipment.

Monitor Marine orders still grow...

December 2015

Monitor Marine orders for both SuperYacht and Tender installations continue to grow as do new customer accounts as a direct result of an active worldwide marketing program.

After successful Boat Shows earlier this year, we are also experiencing higher production volume from our schedule order boat-builders. As part of the Hepworth strategy, new products are now being added to both the Deckware and Cabin range and include a smaller (50mm) SnapShut and Finger Pull, a Mini Pad Eye – Strap type, 1 Tonne Connectors with awning attachments, 70mm Deck Drains with either standard or bespoke logo grills as well as “satin” or powder coated finished range of Hatch Handles.

Customers can now order a “suite” of fittings from 50mm, 70mm, 80mm and 100mm diameter which all have the same theme for on deck or interior lockers and hatches.

All these new additions to the range were shown at a very successful METS Trade Show in Amsterdam and were very well received with customers already placing orders as a result.

Hepworth wins award for Supply Chain Excellence

November 2015

Hepworth supply chain excellence at The Manufacturer MX Awards 2015Hepworth International has been recognised for its supply chain excellence at The Manufacturer MX Awards 2015.  The company was Highly Commended in the Supply Chain Excellence category during a recent gala dinner and reception at the ICC in Birmingham.  

Back in 2010, Hepworth removed a bespoke solution in favour of a company-wide SAP Business One solution. This provided the company with clear and accurate analysis of its inventory, enabling it to successfully manage and forecast demand and make significant savings on third-party reporting, plus improvements in its supply chain management.

Mark Wise, Managing Director at B Hepworth, said the accolade reflected the hard work of the team at the performance wiper system specialists.  “We are delighted and very proud to receive an award at this year’s MX Awards ceremony, especially in such prestigious company,” he said, before continuing  “it is a great boost to the team to get recognition for the business improvements we have made and the successful projects undertaken in true collaboration with our supply chain partners and our customers. We are looking forward to building on this success and generating new initiatives that we can showcase as exemplars of great British manufacturing in the future.”

As part of winning the accolade, Hepworth had to go through three rounds of judging. After submitting their initial application, judges then visited Hepworth’s factory in Worcestershire before a final round of judging in front of industry experts.

Pictured are Craig Bagnall, Finance Director (left) and Mark Wise, Managing Director (right) proudly holding their awards.

Monitor Marine moves manufacturing to Redditch

November 2015

Manufacture of all Monitor Marine products is now in full swing at our Hepworth site in Redditch, England in accordance with ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards and without any delays to customer delivery schedules.

The recently introduced 1 Tonne SWL Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connector has been tested by Lloyds British and the 5:1 load strength factor was exceeded, when only the shackle gave way at over 6.5 tonnes loading!! There was no damage to the Connector.

There are numerous applications for the Monitor Flush-Fit Connectors, apart from being used as lift points for tenders etc. A light aircraft manufacturer in the USA has ordered three 1 Tonne Connectors which will be fitted to the underside of the wings and nose. Having little or no windage in flight, they will safely anchor the parked plane in all weather conditions.

There will be a number new product developments being exhibited at the METS Show in November and will include a 75mm diameter range of deck drains which can be supplied with bespoke logo designs. Orders have already been placed for the newly launched Monitor Maintenance Kit which will service all lock assemblies and Connectors.

Hepworth achieves Made In The Midlands Award

November 2015

Hepworth Made In The Midlands Award 2015 for Manufacturing ExcellenceWe are pleased to announce that Hepworth were presented with the Manufacturing Achievement Award at the Made in the Midlands ceremony held at the Austin Centre in Birmingham on the 29th October.

The award was presented by Professor Kevin Morley, one of the stalwarts of manufacturing and of the Birmingham area, to Peter Turnock, Sales Director who commented “We have a highly skilled team of designers and engineers with a well trained workforce, coupled with significant investment in plant and equipment which allows us to increase our very diverse worldwide customer base with exports now representing 75% of sales.”

New Stainless Steel Maintenance Kit launched

October 2015.

Monitor Marine are pleased to announce that they now have a Maintenance Kit available which is intended for routine maintenance and general upkeep of all Monitor Marine lock types and Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connectors.

The Kit comprises of a variety of items, including instructions, Salt-Away Spray, CorrosionX, Super Stainless™ Stainless Steel Polish, Silicone Grease, Micro Cloth, Cotton Buds and Tissues, White Cotton Gloves, all contained in a small handy case.

For more information on the Kit click here.

Multi Purpose Plug-in Connector - 1 tonne and 3 tonne

New addition to Monitor Marine range!

September 2015.

Hepworth International who recently acquired Monitor Marine International, has developed a new, lightweight, 1 tonne SWL Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connector which is being offered alongside the well proven, designed and patented 3 tonne SWL version.

Like the larger version, the smaller connector uses the unique system of a flush fitting, deck mounted anchor point and a short probe connector, which can be quickly inserted for many applications ranging from tender launching and recovery, to temporary or permanent stanchion anchor supports, bimini mounting points and awning fixing points. There are also many other applications where these connectors can be used, such as Marina pontoons and shore side installations.

Manufactured from 316 and 17-4ph high quality, polished stainless steel and requiring little maintenance, these connectors will be first choice for both tender builders and volume boat builders where a flush fitting, quick plug-in and lightweight designed connector will be the deciding factor.  Weighing only 325 grams and with a flange diameter of 35mm, this easily installed, unobtrusive, aesthetically attractive, flush fitting connector is the ultimate solution for lifting, securing and tie-down points.  Click here for more information.

B Hepworth acquires Monitor Marine International

B Hepworth acquires Monitor Marine International!

July 2015.

B. HEPWORTH & CO LTD announce the recent acquisition of Monitor Marine International.

“We are pleased to announce this highly strategic transaction and are excited to welcome the Monitor Marine team to Hepworth”, said Hepworth’s CEO Jonathan Eddy. “Monitor Marine is an excellent acquisition and complements our existing marine product portfolio, offering the opportunity to expand our presence and product range in this very important market sector.” 

B Hepworth manufactures the world-leading Wynn and Hepworth range of performance wiper systems including controllers and washing equipment for Marine, Rail and Commercial Automotive applications.

Hepworth has over seventy years experience specialising in the design and manufacture of high performance window wiper systems, despatching daily to over 50 countries, either direct to end-users or through their worldwide network of agents.

For further information on B Hepworth, please click here

Hepworth / MMI will be at METS 2015

METS 2015 - Marine Equipment Trade Show

RAI Amsterdam.

Please come and visit us at METS 2015 where you will be assured of a warm welcome. 

17th - 19th November,
Stand: SuperYacht Pavilion, Booth No. 10.108

Monitor Marine Multi-Purpose Plug-In Connector

Flush Plug In Lift Point
Part No: 2165

November 2013

  • Unobtrusive, with aesthetically good looks and ease of use
  • Suitable for tenders and other applications
  • Allows quick attachment and release
  • 62mm Top Face Diameter
  • Probe / Lift Cable interface options
  • 316 & 17-4ph Stainless Steel
  • High Mirror Polish Finish
  • Flush Fitting, Watertight
  • Optional auxiliary attachment to enable distribution of loads to the hull

Flush Plug in Lift Point

Monitor Marine T45R (Bolt-in) Helicopter Tie-Down

T45R (Bolt in) Helicopter Tie-Down
Part No: 2172SY
Shown with optional Aluminium weld in Deck Cup & Insulator for Aluminium deck installations

October 2012

Rotates through 360 degrees tracking direction of load
Flush to deck when not in use
High Mirror Polish Finish

T45R Helicopter Tie Down

Monitor Marine International Deck Drain with removable grille

Deck Drain with removable grille (acetal sleeve)
Part No. D21908

October 2011

316 Stainless Steel, Unique Removable Grille for ease of fitting & enables access to clear any debris to avoid blockages. Flush to deck fitting, Acetal sleeve accepts 38mm, 50mm & 63mm Hoses. High Mirror Polish Finish.

Deck Drains

Monitor Marine International 100mm Hatch Handle (Flush Top)

100mm Hatch Handle (Flush Top)

December 2010

Ideal for larger Hatches and thicker panels, the enlarged finger pull handle is more comfortable for larger hands and heavier hatches. Clamping and locking 1/4 turn, the cam operated compression mechanism gives a watertight seal. The 100mm hatch handle is flush fitting in 316 stainless steel with a high mirror polish finish.

100mm hatch handle

Monitor Marine International 100mm Customised Hatch Handle100mm Customised Hatch Handle

December 2010

The above 100mm hatch handle can be easily customised to accommodate far thicker door panels. Image to right illustrates a customised handle.

100mm hatch handle

Monitor Marine International System 5 Deck Fillers - Diesel - Water - Petrol - Waste

"System 5" Deck Fillers - Diesel - Water - Petrol - Waste

December 2010

Unlatches and opens in one smooth movement. Flush fitting, secure key locking hinged lid so when key is locked the handle cannot be forced. 316 Stainless steel and black aceytal construction sleeve accepts 38mm, 50mm or 63mm hoses. Flush fitting hinged lid cannot be lost overboard. Pumpout conforms to ISO 8099:2000.

System 5 Fillers