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Our history

  • 1946

    Agricultural engineer Ivor Searle started engine reconditioning business in the village of Wicken.
  • 1956

    Ivor Searle sadly died aged just 40.
  • 1967

    Ivor Searle’s son Colin joins the business aged 17.
  • 1973

    Colin’s brother Michael joins the business.
  • 1977

    The Wicken crankshaft and Bearing Company was renamed Ivor Searle Ltd.
  • 1983

    Moved to purpose built 10,000 square feet factory at Soham.
  • 1987

    Started selling remanufactured engines to reconditioners and factors throughout the UK.
  • 1991

    Ivor Searle started exporting engines and heads to France and Germany.
  • 1992

    Further increased factory production area by 24,000 sq/ft
  • 1998

    Started exports to Holland and Belgium.
  • 1999

    Purchased factory at 5 Regal Lane adding a further 15,000 sq/ft, this was fully refurbished and tailored to Ivor Searle’s needs.
  • 2002

    Started supplying remanufactured product to the fleet sector.
  • 2007

    Michael Searle sadly dies aged 59
  • 2012

    New 15,000 sq/ft factory was built next to existing factory at 2 Regal Lane.
  • 2013

    Production started on remanufactured turbochargers and gearboxes in the new factory.
  • 2015

    Ivor Searle now has 70,000 sq/ft of production at its Soham location and sells remanufactured product throughout the UK and Western Europe.
  • 2016

    Appointed Elcome to re-design and update the look and feel of our new website and have proudly launched our new Ecat.