About Langham Industries
Langham Industries was founded in 1980 by John Langham with the acquisition of Stone Manganese Marine, a world leading manufacturer of marine propellers which is now known as Stone Marine Propulsion. The formation of Langham Industries followed a long career in the engineering industry after first studying Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge University, and was born out of the desire to create a globally competitive and truly customer focussed organisation at a time when many UK engineering companies were in decline.
In 1982 the Group expanded with the acquisition of Stone Foundries, the largest UK light alloy foundry serving the aerospace industry, and Stone Fasteners, a leading manufacturer of aircraft rivets and specialist nails. Both these companies, like Stone Manganese Marine, were formerly part of Stone Platt Industries and trace their origins back to 1831 when Josiah Stone started manufacturing copper nails for building wooden ships at Greenwich.
In 1983 Christopher Langham, a qualified engineer, joined the Group after working for Dunlop Tyres and the Ford Motor Company, and studying business at Harvard University. In 1989 Tridan Engineering was purchased to provide a world class machining facility for the aerospace and other high technology industries already served by the Group. In the 1990’s service businesses were developed to complement the manufacturing base and provide greater stability of earnings. The most significant development in this strategy occurred in 1996 when the former naval base at Portland in Dorset was purchased from the Ministry of Defence. This excellent deep-water facility and 2000 acre sheltered harbour has since been developed into a successful commercial port and is now a substantial Group business with further growth potential.
This century the marine service businesses have been expanded organically and through acquisition to include the supply and service of marine seals and deck machinery as well as all propulsion systems. In addition, a marine service facility was opened in 2009 at Walvis Bay in Namibia to service the fast growing West African market. Substantial investments have also been made at Portland Port to expand capacity and in all the manufacturing plants to ensure that they retain the competitive advantage that comes with having state of the art facilities.