Now part of Berkshire Hathaway, TBS was founded in 1968 by Thomas Stamp in Cheltenham, England, producing automatic machinery for the battery industry. 

We operate across the globe supplying machines
to OEM and replacement battery manufacturers, many of which produce batteries that power some of the world’s biggest names in automotive engineering. 

Many of the medium to large UPS systems in operation around the world have cells in them that have been produced on our machinery.  

Our engineering design and manufacture is second to none in the industry, along with our ongoing customer care and support services.


Our commitment to sustainability and safety is evidenced not just in our own operations but in our products which give our customers flexibility, improve their operational efficiency and reduce material usage.   

In 1990 we received the Queens Award for Export, one of the highest honours bestowed to a British business.  And in 2011 we expanded our global capability and became the world leader in plate manufacturing, with the purchase of the Cominco Battery Group.

Today we have one of the most experienced teams in the sector with over 200 employees working around the world. 

Over the years we have expanded our operations and in 2014 we invested over £1m in research and development
to pioneer new technologies and support our customers
with class leading battery assembly equipment.  

  • Established in 1968
  • World leader in battery automation
  • 200 employees worldwide
  • Worldwide head office in the UK
  • Production facilities in the USA, China and Canada
  • Awarded the Queens Award for export
  • 50 years of engineering excellence
  • Part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group
  • Producing products used by the biggest automotive names

1968     TBS established by Thomas Stamp in Cheltenham, England

1980     Turnover exceeds £10m and TBS goes from strength to strength

1981      COS5 launched revolutionising the automated battery sector

1990     TBS receives Queens Award for Export, the highest honour bestowed on a UK company

1998     Launch of TBS Speedshift assembly line equipment

2000    Partner to the major OEM battery suppliers to the world’s automotive brands

2002    TBS acquired by Mitek industries and becomes part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group

2004    TBS purchase Tekmax, the world’s largest provider of battery plate enveloping equipment

2006    TBS launches its HiTek plate enveloping machines

2009    TBS forms JV with Digatron to manufacture and service equipment in China

2010     Turnover exceeds £25m and TBS continues its global growth

2011      Establish North America presence and capabilities in Plate Manufacturing with Cominco purchase

2012     UK manufacturing facilities expanded to meet growing demand

2014    TBS invests over £1m in new product development