The Emmerich name has been associated with high quality wooden hand-tool manufacture since 1852. The company was based at that time in the town of Remscheid, Germany. The Bermondsey, London, workshop was established in 1932 by Friedrich Wilhelm Emmerich, and Emmerich (Berlon) Ltd has been manufacturing in England ever since.
It was passed on to his wife and then his two sons, and the business, along with its brand name EMIR, is currently owned by the third generation of the Emmerich family in England. In 1966 we moved to purpose-built premises in Ashford, Kent, where we are still based today.
We also make a variety of other work tables and cutting tables, characteristically in solid beech which we source as raw timber from sustainably managed European forests.
The EMIR bench design is characterised by the use of interchangeable hardwood components that can be draw-bolted together in different combinations. The design of the bench frame gives unrivalled rigidity and stability when exposed to a range of demanding work requirements. The tops feature the characteristic EMIR brace end that ensures flatness in changeable environmental conditions.
Although most of our benches and tables are made predominantly from solid beech, we manufacture in a variety of materials to suit the user – including mdf, various laminates and resin based materials, linoleum, glass and steel.
The EMIR range of tools continues to change and expand. We now make a wide range of tools for the DIY market, including mitring tools, and craft equipment.
We have a polyurethane plant making a variety of plastic floats for plastering and rendering, as well as high density tools for sheet metal working.
In 1980 the long established firm of Harris Looms was acquired by EMIR. The then owner and managing director, Bill Emmerich, invented a computer design unit to enable textile designers to digitally create new weaving patterns which can be then directly transferred to the loom.
With a product range that includes workbenches, tables, cupboards and furniture for the workshop and studio, handtools, and Harris Looms. We remain a family business with a long-established and skilled workforce, manufacturing the vast majority of our products in our factory in Ashford, UK.
There are certain characteristics inherent in EMIR and its products that are not commonly found today: we take pride in the quality, fitness for purpose and durability of each of our products. If you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve our designs we will always be happy to take good ideas on board; our business has shown more than 80 years of resilience, and an ability to weather and respond to change; we have the flexibility to cope with large and small projects, from fitting out a college’s new flagship technology department to creating a bespoke one-off design for a leading museum or fashion house.
Some of our highly skilled workforce has been with us for almost as long, giving you the equivalent over 350 working years of experience.
The heart of our manufacturing process is the conversion of prime raw timber into beautiful solid hardwood benches, tables and hand tools. Modern machinery alongside hand assembly and finishing combine to make our tools and furniture both beautiful and strong, outperforming and outlasting any others on the market.
We know that one size does not fit all. Because we work from raw materials we are not restricted to mass produced components, standard sizes and methods. By speaking to us you benefit from our long years of manufacturing experience which give you, the customer, the product and design to suit your needs.