Martin Robey founded the Company in 1978 while working as a Time Served Sheet Metal Engineer, he started to manufacture a Front Wheel Arch repair for MK.II Saloons as a joint venture with a friend this was one of the first high quality repair panels made available at that time and demand soon took off in what was the early beginning of the Classic Car Movement, at the same time a S Type Saloon was being restored and the Body Shell had extensive corrosion, the owner provided a number of original Jaguar Body Panels but parts such as Sills, Jacking Points, Chassis Sections etc., were only available as general spurious repair panels, these were not considered acceptable as they bared little resemblance to the originals both from a dimensional or material aspect, therefore Martin Robey made the necessary parts creating Templates and simple Jigs to aid future manufacture of the parts if necessary at a later date.
The car when finished brought in other orders for similar work and the parts were showed to an existing Parts Dealer of such parts and orders were placed from then on, it has been both gradual expansion of the business with certain leaps and bounds and many milestones on the way.
Pressing and Forming of the higher demand parts soon took over from Hand Working with a Tool Making Programme started that is still running to date with Models, Patterns, Casting and Machining being carried out In House, some parts usually low volume large Body Panels are sill made by hand using the traditional skills of the Sheet Metal Worker and Panel Beater.
Manufacturing is now assisted with the latest technology being incorporated such as Cad Cam designing to run CNC Machines that eliminates a lot of labour intensive tasks, a wide variety of Plant and Equipment is on Site to cover most aspects of manufacturing from Folding, Forming, Spot, Mig, Tig Welding, large Double action Power Presses and a 5 Axis Laser Profiling Machine.
The manufacturing did not stop at Body Parts, soon Fixtures, Fittings, Engine Frames, Heater Boxes, Hood Frames came into production in fact virtually anything that needed to be made was, in fact over 5,000 individual parts are made today by Engineering Limited for Non Current Jaguars.
In about 1981 the Company commenced supplying Parts via Mail Order to Retail Customers, this was another Milestone and expansion was soon needed to cope with incoming orders, the new Mail Order facility was the beginning of the Parts Department, which led to this section branching off from Engineering to become a separate company, Martin Robey Sales Limited