Cats and Pipes

Origins

Father and son, John and David Carpenter have been operating in the automotive exhaust industry for over 20 years and their move into the specialist catalytic converter market over five years ago, though challenging, has advanced the company’s technological and engineering resource to a point where they can now produce a cat’ that is tailor - made to suit any particular application. The Carpenters previously manufactured exhaust systems and their in – depth knowledge of the industry assisted in their fore-sight of the demand for specialist technology once new legislation governing car emissions took force in recent years.

Success Factor

The three main factors that have driven Cats and Pipes since inception are knowledge of the Automotive industry for over 25 years, manufacturing a good product and extensive knowledge of the speciality of product development. Their programme of new technological product development and the expansion of the manufacturing facility in North Wales has been assisted by the Welsh Development Agency. Project Manager Ian Zacharia and Innovation Technology Adviser Gwion Williams, both of the WDA have played an important and supportive role in the Carpenter’s innovative venture.

The Future

Cats and Pipes aims to continue its impressive growth rate through consolidating its operations and building for the future. This year has seen the development of the firm’s new tooling and loading facility and in 2004, a new in house emissions testing facility is hoping to be approved.