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History

Founded in 1899, Newton Derby has a long history of delivering generator solutions for technically demanding projects around the world.

The company was founded by the Newton brothers and one of the brothers, Mr Frederick Newton, had continued involvement of designing generators for aircraft in both world wars.

Towards the end of the Great War, Frederick Newton produced the first design for a small, wind driven, aircraft generator, and in 1918 a generator designed by him was adopted as standard by the Air Force. This same piece of equipment, with variations, was a standard item in the Air Force for a decade.

During the period between the two world wars, Mr Newton was responsible for the design of many varieties of light-weight aircraft generators and rotary transformers, and in 1938 he turned his attention towards designing an automatic carbon pile voltage and current regulator.

The Newton Derby Automatic Voltage Regulator was manufactured in considerable quantities in the USA as well as Canada and Australia.

Towards the end of the Second World War, the regulator was fitted on every British and American aircraft used in the war. One of the largest awards made by the Government for war-time inventions was granted to Mr Newton and the company.

Today, Newton Derby is a division of Winder Power, a leading power and distribution transformer manufacturing company based in Yorkshire, UK.

With an experienced team of specialists, Newton Derby is able to deliver to its customers’ requirements from initial design and specification through to manufacturing.

Mr. Newton retired as Technical Director in 1947 but continued as the firm’s Technical Consultant until 1954.  He remained a member of the Board of Directors until his death in November 1959.

Company Timeline

History

2008
July 4

2008 – A move to a fantastic new premises

2008 – A move to a fantastic new premises

In 2008 Winder Power Group moved to newer and larger premises in Stanningley, just around the corner from its previous home but another world away in terms of facilities. This move brought a new dimension to the company’s capabilities and also to its commitment to customer service.

The new headquarters provided enhanced facilities for continued growth of its power and distribution transformer business for utilities transportation and industry.

The new premises nearly doubles Winder Power Group’s manufacturing capability, offering larger crane facilities, room for a new test laboratory and provided a more efficient office environment for the growing design, sales and business support teams.

Manufacturing space was also increase, which enhanced productivity.

2006
January 4

2006

2006

Newton Derby joins Winder Power Group

1961
May 5

1961

1961

Newton Derby step up their game in aircraft engineering by becoming specialists in electrical engineering and manufacturers of automatic and transistorised voltage regulators, rotary transformers, and converters, HP alternators, motor generators and other specialised electrical equipment.

1928
January 3

1928

1928

Company formed by amalgamation of Newtons of Derby and Haslam Foundry and Engineering Co.

1937
January 5

1937

1937

Newton Derby become electrical engineers and manufacturers, specialists in aircraft generators.

1920
January 10

1920

1920

In October 1920 – The Newton Brothers exhibited the Commercial Motor Exhibition at Olympia with a 3.5-ton electric vehicle with a tipping body

1914
January 4

1914

1914

Patented constant voltage variable speed dynamo coupled to ungoverned Pelton wheel.

January 4

1914

1914

Newton Brothers showcase the Marine Dynamo

1899
January 4

1899

1899

In 1899 the Newton Brothers from Alfreton, Derby formed the Newton Brothers (Derby) Ltd Company