Our history

NDC's foundations were forged in 1987, when Fletcher Bickerton built a new 10,000 sq ft works in Manchester to service the Electro-Mechanical market in the North West. This was a substantial £1M+ investment and the new business was known as Fletcher Bickerton (Northern) Ltd.


Fletcher Bickerton (Northern) was purchased as a going concern.


Following rapid expansion, Northern Drives & Controls was formed as a division of FBNL in Manchester to service the emerging electronic and automation repair market.


FBNL changed its name to CPM (Complete Plant Maintenance Engineering Ltd). This was part of the original ‘buy out’ agreement and the name better described the company's main activities which now included a range of plant maintenance capabilities from more traditional repairs work to on-site services, customer care programmes, condition based monitoring, stores management and asset management programmes.

Northern Drives & Controls outgrew its facility at Barton Dock Road and was relocated to a dedicated 6,000 sq ft electronics laboratory facility in Trafford Park, Manchester. Over this short time the company had grown its customer base substantially and become known as a reliable repairer of industrial electronic equipment from a wide range of different manufacturers.

The company also acquired McCall's Electronics Company of Whitchurch Hampshire and renamed it NDC to service the electronics and automation market in the South East.


Due to increased growth NDC South East relocated to a dedicated 3,000 sq ft site in Slough. This allowed the company to offer a greater range of services to customers including 24 hour rapid response and the ability through advanced new equipment, to fully functionally test more electronic equipment.


Our Southern Service Centre relocated to larger premises within the Slough Trading Estate, facilitating increased production and accommodating additional function testing cells.


NDC developed its ‘Test, Diagnose, Repair, Test’ philosophy which includes R&D capability in order to fully functional test repaired drives and offer refurbished drives as an alternative to conventional repairs.


In October 2010 our Southern Service Centre, having outgrown its existing facility in 3 years, relocated to larger 6000 sq. foot premises within the Slough Trading Estate. This latest investment is pivotal in supporting our customers in the South, South East and Greater London. It is ideally located as repair, test and training facility, and as a hub to despatch field engineers to undertake on-site fault finding. The new service centre has increased production capacity and additional function testing facilities.


NDC opened its ServoLab in Manchester to support an increasing number of customers for the complete support for their servo and spindle motors. NDC ServoLab provides OEM quality repair of all makes and models of Servo Motors.


NDC launched its export services designed to give our customers around the world the benefits of NDC's refurbished drives via its network of strategic partners.


NDC’s Manchester works was relocated to a purpose built facility at St Modwen Road. This new state of the art building allows us to develop our testing and R&D facilities.


NDC were named winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise, the UK's most coveted and prestigious business award in recognition of our growth and commercial success in international trade.


Further investment into our International business – NDC España opened its office in Madrid. A dedicated service centre in response to increasing demand in Spain. It provides Spanish customers with direct access to our specialist technical services and service exchange options.


Yet further investment in our Manchester facilities. Brand new office and service centre areas mean we can share our knowledge with our customers with dedicated personalised training programmes.