DK Rewinds: maintaining and manufacturing spares for traction motors

May 6, 2017

DK Rewinds a Smethwick family business founded in 1976 by Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhogal, has two sites in the area, employing over 60 full time staff, including three electrical engineering apprentices.

It provides a “One Stop” repair and rewind service for traction motors in the utilities, rail (below) and industrial sectors.

It has a dedicated staff and specialist equipment providing a comprehensive maintenance service for those three sectors.

Its extensive CNC machine shop manufactures spares for many different types of electric motors in use all over the world today.

 The British rail freight company English, Welsh and Scottish Railway Company (EWS) was taken over by DB Schenker but trains still carry the EWS liveries and logos

The company was visited last year by London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, who met staff and talked about their work.

Balvinder S Bhogal, managing director and Val Shawcross

DK Rewinds supplies components and undertakes repairs to keep London Underground trains operational. It specialises in repairing the traction motors that power Central Line trains, producing new components for motors that match the originals so that faulty trains can be quickly fixed and brought back into service.

Balvinder Bhogal said: “We have been working with Transport for London for 30 years as a key supplier. This has enabled DK Rewinds to invest in our workforce, which includes training apprentice and graduate engineers. The work we receive from TfL is very important to the Midlands and the region benefits greatly from these business links.”

The latest news: DK Rewinds attended the Freight in the City’s summit, Improving the last mile’, on 1st March 2017 at Edgbaston Stadium.






“A flaming June” for Professional Polishing in Smethwick

June 21, 2014

Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director of PPS, which continues to increase investment in plant, leading to greater capacity and flexibility, celebrates winning three major contracts in June:

pps screen

  • polishing intricate laser cut panels (above) for a hospital in London,
  • polishing narrow strip in coil for the automotive sector, working closely with a fabricator in Romania and
  • a balustrade order for a UK landmark as part of their multi-million refurbishment.

The major contract is to polish hundreds of intricate laser cut profiles for functional and decorative screens to separate different areas of a hospital in London. Each profile has a unique design and is laser cut before polishing. With hundreds of designs PPS will ensure that each panel is clearly identified so that that installation runs smoothly.

kirsty 3.12Kirsty said:

“We love getting involved in projects like this.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with such beautiful designs and our operators can be really proud of the part they play in this prestigious project.”


She adds: “the month isn’t over yet . . . “

Newby Foundries of Smethwick expands and diversifies

March 7, 2013


newby foundries logoSmethwick’s Newby Foundries Ltd, a family firm founded in the late 19th century, currently produces iron castings for vacuum pumps, turbochargers, and hydraulics. They also manufacture motorsport, medical and marine components.

On the 18th December 2012, Newby’s bought Gabriel and Company, adding the manufacturing of steel castings to their existing iron casting products. They took over the premises, deployed a number of managers to the original site and retained some of Gabriel’s workforce.

Founded in 1884 by Percy Gabriel who bought a small brass foundry in AB Row, Birmingham, for £235, Gabriel’s began trading with 13 employees during the reign of Queen Victoria. The foundry, which remained in the Gabriel family, came to be regarded as a leading manufacturer of stainless steel castings and fabrications, later specialising in the manufacture of fittings for tramways, buses and railways and exporting to Africa, Asia and South America.

gabriel's bench

Gabriel and Company celebrated 125 years of casting in 2009 and commemorated the occasion with a specially commissioned cast bench in Centenary Square Birmingham in a ceremony hosted by Cllr Michael Wilkes, the City’s Lord Mayor.

In December 2010, after operating from a rented factory in Tyseley for 14 years, they bought new premises and capital plant in Smethwick, hoping to increase production and the size of castings manufactured at the foundry.

However, as Insider Media notes, Gabriel’s was hit by the costs associated with a move to new premises, combined with a ‘sudden and temporary downturn’ in PKF logoorders. In November last year, Graeme Brown of the Birmingham Post reported that the company had called in PKF administrators. PKF hoped to find a buyer and the firm was continuing to receive orders in the meantime.

Terry Golden, the business development manager of Newby Foundries, who bought Gabriel’s in December, told Engineering Capacity that they have renamed the company ‘Newby Foundries Ltd (Steel Casting division)’.

newby foundries

He added, “As we move along, we will be working with Gabriel’s existing accounts and customers and will introduce some of Newby’s original customers to the steel castings market with the hope of enhancing the development of Newby Foundries. So it’s an exciting time for us but is also a major learning curve.”