David Brown and Santasalo merge

David Brown and Santasalo, two of the world’s leading mechanical power transmission companies, merged on June 1 to create David Brown Santasalo
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The new company aims to be a truly global force in the gear industry. With more than 1,000 employees, seven major manufacturing plants and 23 service centres across six continents, the business is ideally equipped to serve its growing customer base in commodities, marine, defence, power, industrial and consumer end markets.

With over 150 years of gear engineering leadership and substantial geographic expansion over the last decade into high growth countries such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, David Brown Santasalo is well positioned in its field.

Through its highly responsive and capable local teams, David Brown Santasalo brings the connectivity and responsiveness to support the specific needs of over 5,000 customers worldwide.

Thomas Burley, CEO at David Brown Santasalo, explained: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead a business with such a diverse, international team. We now combine extensive sales and service presence in all regions with a world-class engineering and manufacturing capability. David Brown Santasalo covers varied end markets including naval ships, minerals processing and the manufacture of a wide range of pulp and paper products. Across all these markets, our core differentiator is our fundamental capability to design and engineer gear systems for the world’s most demanding applications. We are committed to maintaining and growing this through continued investment in our people and manufacturing capabilities over the coming years.

“Our strategy comprises three main elements:

  • To continue to expand our sales and service network, becoming ever more local to our diverse customer base;
  • To use our in depth gear engineering knowledge to enhance our product offering and support our customers in their end market; and
  • To invest further in world-class manufacturing, ensuring we have full production capability in key regions to meet the growing demand for our products.”