A lot happened in 1997…
NASA’s Mars Pathfinder landed on the red planet, a computer called Deep Blue defeated the world chess champion and Britain handed Hong Kong back to China…
But for the Moore family of Poole in Dorset, 1997 will forever be remembered as the year they launched their bearing and transmission distribution business. November 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Moore International, which now has its own precision machining workshop and is a UK distributor for three of the world’s leading manufacturers of linear transmission products. For seven years the company was run by five members of the Moore family – brothers Mark and Colin, Mum Kay, Dad Michael and Aunty Gillian.
The family began by distributing items such as bearings, belts and bushes from a small shop in a busy shopping street between Poole and Bournemouth. During this time the Moores got a lucky break – they were asked to provide a quote for a large volume of leadscrews for a company in London that made parts for buses. Mark approached Swiss manufacturer Eichenberger Gewinde, who were so impressed by the potential volume of the order that they offered the Moores the UK distributorship for their range of high-quality ball screws and leadscrews.
As Moore International’s product portfolio diversified Mark and Colin moved the company into an industrial unit, invested in a lathe and employed their Dad to machine the ballscrews and leadscrews to customers’ drawings. Another family member, Uncle Ken from KS Moore Engineering, joined the team and machined thousands of gears for the company. Despite turbulent times for the economy, Moore International continued to grow at an impressive pace. The company expanded their premises to include two adjoining units, they hired more engineers and sales staff, and they increased their product offering by becoming key UK distributors for German linear specialists Schneeberger (linear rail and carriages) and Zimmer (linear clamps). As the upwards trajectory in growth continued, additional space was required to fit new machines and additional stock.
In 2015 Mark and Colin were forced to move out of the rented buildings and buy a much larger industrial unit. The new premises now house an array of CNC lathes and mills, meaning that in addition to end-machining Moore International can make custom nuts and mill a multitude of different parts exactly to customer requirements. To keep the office administration in parallel with customer demand Mark and Colin invested in a state-of-the-art CRM system, keeping instant track of stock levels, with links also, to an interactive website. The system enables customers to check stock of their own custom-machined parts or to order complementary parts including bearings, bushes, antivibration mounts, grease nipples, seals and more!
As Mark finalises plans for Moore International’s upcoming 20th anniversary party, he reflects on the journey his company has come on so far: “Running a business can be like riding a rollercoaster, but through the hard work of our team, the loyalty of our great customers, the incredible expertise of our suppliers and a little bit of luck along the way, Moore International is still proving to be successful after 20 years. And we continue to offer an excellent service.” Mark concludes: “The future’s looking bright as well…we are on track to achieve our best ever annual turnover, and we’re buying additional new machines to keep up with our continued growth, together with offering new products by Eichenberger, Schneeberger and Zimmer”.