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Leslie Forster invents the Forster's Packaging Machine featuring the V guide system.
Hepco is launched as a new company under the direction of Chairman, Gervase Forster to manufacture and sell the innovative V guide system. The company continues to design and manufacture packaging and special purpose machinery at its London factory.
The company becomes Hepco Slide Systems Ltd focussing on the innovative V guide bearing.
Hepco starts exporting products overseas and launches Heavy Duty and Stainless Steel V guide bearings.
Hepco partners with American bearing company Bishop Wisecarver Corporation.
Hepco opens the first branch office covering The Nederlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Hepco launches its own bearing company, Braintree Precision Components, in Essex.
Hepco begins to move to larger premises in Tiverton, Devon - with the move finally completed in 1991.
A new branch opens in Korea to supply Hepco products for the Asian market.
Hepco vacates the last of its London factories and moves the R&D facility to its headquarters in Tiverton, Devon. Design and manufacture of special purpose machinery for third party companies ceases. The immense experience and expertise is concentrated instead on R&D and in-house machinery requirements.
Hepco introduces the innovative 1-Trak system, a track system manufactured in almost any conceivable 2d shape and from one single piece of material.
Gervase Forster steps down as Chairman in favour of son Giles, and assumes position of President.
Giles Forster becomes the 3rd generation of the Forster family to chair the Hepco Group of companies.