How the company began in 1966
The need to change to meet current commercial markets, which makes Mini Gears what it is today, is the very reason the company exists and how it got its name.
Reg Darwent (co- founder) had served his apprenticeship in engineering and specialised in gear cutting. He was a partner in a company supplying spare parts for textile machinery that was trying to manufacture small precision gears alongside ‘rough and ready’ ones and it was just not working.
Realising that there was a growing market for small gears as other industries such as packaging equipment were now requiring much smaller gearboxes, Reg needed to move the manufacture of small gears into its own area.
Starting with 2 machines, a Myford and a Barber Colman, the separate manufacture began. It proved to be successful and grew so large that it now needed its own premises and its own name. ‘What are you going to call this company?’ Reg was asked. It was 1966; the Mini Cooper car had been launched and the new fashion was the Mini Skirt, all the gears were small and so the company was named ‘Mini Gears’.