A pioneer in scale technology, Avery Weigh-Tronix is one of the
world's largest suppliers of weighing solutions.
has developed equipment for the full spectrum of industrial scale
uses: Counting scales, bench scales, checkweighers, deck scales,
computer software, printers, remote displays, cargo scales, truck
scales, lift truck scales, static or in motion rail scales, bin/tank/hopper
scales, conveyor scales, and crane scales. With the addition of
Avery Berkel products we now have additional retail and industrial
equipment, as well as food processing and slicing products.
Avery Weigh-Tronix takes pride in the research, design, and careful
manufacture of quality industrial weighing products. The engineering
staff is a valuable resource to the strength of our product line.
They are in daily contact with scale users as they advise and assist
in the design of scale systems that enhance the efficiency and
profitability of our industrial customers.
Manufacturing capability is another high priority for Avery Weigh-Tronix.
Our customers expect and receive quality, durable equipment,
delivered on time. Controls over component parts are strict. Avery
Weigh-Tronix produces almost all major components, including strain
gauges, load cells and Weigh Bars to guarantee quality standards.
Worldwide Leader and Technology Innovator
is a technology developer and manufacturer of weighing products and
systems for customers with rapidly changing needs. From the
invention of the first truck scale in 1876 in England to the
introduction of the Weigh Bar® weight sensor and the early use of
the microprocessor as a key component of weighing instrumentation,
the company has been a leader in the development of technological
solutions for customer requirements.
For nearly two hundred years, the company has accomplished
consistent, strategic growth to become the pre-eminent supplier of
weighing technology for stand alone and systems applications. Please
see the History page in this section for an overview of the four
main companies which have come together to form Avery Weigh-Tronix.
of Avery Weigh-Tronix in 2000 brought together some of the best
known and most influential names in the weighing industry. Here you
can discover the history of our companies, from the earliest days in
the English industrial revolution to our latest acquisitions.
1971 - Incorporated in 1971,
Weigh-Tronix was one of the largest U.S. suppliers of scale
equipment applying Weigh Bar technology to build the first all-electronic
1986 - National Controls,
Inc. of Santa Rosa, California became part of Weigh-Tronix. The
merger provided additional sophisticated load cell technology
exhibited by its checkweighers, counting scales, retail and postal
scales. It also added the respected Dillon force measurement
equipment to the product family.
The company expanded to serve the full diversity of industrial scale
equipment users. It had a substantial involvement in the OEM market
and a growing export business. Avery Weigh-Tronix North American
manufacturing was headquartered in Fairmont, Minnesota.
1991 - Weigh-Tronix became a
subsidiary of Staveley Industries plc, joining the Staveley Weighing
and Systems Group. This group integrated Weigh-Tronix, Chronos
Richardson, and the Salter companies into a single weighing and
systems organization serving a world-wide customer base.
1994 - Weigh-Tronix
facilities in Fairmont, Minnesota and Santa Rosa, California achieve
ISO 9001 certification.
1998 - Private investors
purchased the Weigh-Tronix business from Staveley keeping the Salter
company as part of the Weigh-Tronix family. This group has
manufacturing facilities in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.
2000 - Weigh-Tronix expanded
dramatically with the purchase of the Avery Berkel group of
businesses from Marconi and the creation of Avery Weigh-Tronix.
Avery Berkel brought an additional workforce of over 4,000 and
created a strong presence in Europe, Africa, and the Far East.
1731- James Ford established
a business as a maker of 'stilliards' in Birmingham, England. At the
time, he described the city, saying a 'more varied and lively
industrial life than any other city in the world'. (The company can
trace its roots indirectly as far back as 1670 and Charles de Grave
who had a shop near St Paul's Cathedral in Birmingham.)
1760 - James Ford retires and
the business passes to William Barton and then toThomas Beach in
1799 - Business passes to
Joseph Balden, who married Mary Avery.
1813 - As the Industrial
Revolution gathered momentum, the business was transferred to
William Avery, soon joined by his brother Thomas, who traded under
the name W&T Avery.
1817-1837 - Business expands
and acquires more premises in Digbeth and opens a London branch in
Hatton Garden in 1837. The company now employs almost 200 people.
1876 - First Avery
weighbridge designed and made by Mr A W Brown, an ex-Boulton & Watt
1887 - Introduced the first
equipment maintenance contracts as an added service to its customers.
This heralded the beginning of its international service business.
1895 - Acquired the business
of James Watt &Co and the 25 acre Soho Foundry site in Smethwick,
1918 - Death of W E T Avery,
last family member actively involved with the company. It now
employs more than 3,000 people.
1963 - First load cell
weighbridges made at Soho.
1971 - First digital retail
scale in volume production.
1979 - W&T Avery became part
of the GEC Group of companies. Major investment to increase
production of electronic weighing machines.
1982 - First volume
production retail scale with integral printer and PLU (price look
1984 - First UK manufacture
of retail scale with networking facility and data capture facilities.
1993 - The Berkel company was
acquired as a wholly owned GEC subsidiary, and combined with GEC
Avery Ltd to trade globally under the Avery Berkel name.
2000 - The Avery Berkel group
was acquired by Weigh-Tronix, Inc.
1760 - Brothers Richard and
William Salter established businesses manufacturing springs and
pocket steelyards (spring balances) in a cottage in Bilston, England.
Over the next two centuries, these springs were to be used in some
of the most important industrial developments, including George
Stephenson's Rocket and the first cars and aeroplanes manufactured
in the UK.
1770 - The company moved to
West Bromwich, where it was one of the leading employers for more
than 200 years.
1790s - On Richard's death,
the business taken over by William's sons, John and George Salter,
who also made bayonets.
1838 - George Salter took out
the first of many weighing equipment patents, which related to
various ways of indicating weight on a spring balance that are still
1879 - The Salter Cricket
Club formed a football team called WB Strollers, which later became
West Bromwich Albion FC. The team which won the English FA Cup in
1886 included seven Salter employees.
1880s - This was a very busy
time for Salters, with a product portfolio now including the first
coin-operated public weighing machines as well as various food
processing equipment, clothes washers, letter-clips, hat hooks and
dynamometers. A factory was also opened in Berlin, in association
with German firm Ubrig, which led to the development of automatic
rotating display and vending machines.
1884 - The Salter
trademark,showing a Staffordshire knot pierced by an arrow, was
registered and used on all the balances. It was also adopted by West
Bromwich Albion Football Club, becoming the first commercial
advertising on football shirts.
1895 - Salter produced the
first English typewriter - the British Empire. Rights to this
business were sold in 1936.
1920s - Salter now employed
more than 1,000 people. A repair company was opened in Australia.
1936 - Salter opened a new
five storey factory - the highest building in West Bromwich. A
second block was completed in 1940. During the war, the company
manufactured more than 750 million springs for war purposes.
1973 - George Salter & Co
limited was bought by Staveley Industries.
1998 - Salter was purchased
from Staveley by private investors as part of the Weigh-Tronix
2000 - Salters merged with
Avery Berkel following the latter's acquisition by Weigh-Tronix.
1800 - At the turn of the
nineteenth century the world's first food slicer was invented in
Holland by Wilhelm Van Berkel.
There, people were no longer content with simple bread and cheese.
Social conditions and a moderate degree of prosperity fuelled their
demand for more meat and sausage. Butchers were kept busy slicing
with 16-inch long carving knives from 7 o'clock in the morning until
11 o'clock at night.
This invention was set to revolutionise the butcher's trade, where
quality of cut and the speed of the slicer would become the
predominant benefits of the new machines.
1898 - Van Berkel has started
production at factories based in Rotterdam, and soon slicers were in
demand all over Europe. Master butchers simply could not believe
that hand-sliced meat or sausage could be matched or even excelled
by a machine!
1908 - Van Berkel's foresight
and commercial spirit quickly led him to foreign markets. Berkel Ltd
was established in London in 1908 and was manufacturing slicers in
England for a period after the first World War. In America, Berkel
started manufacturing as the U.S. Slicing Machine Co. Inc. in 1909.
By 1915, the company had outgrown its facilities in Chicago and
moved on to La Porte, Indiana.
1970s - Berkel pioneered
corrosion-free machine finishes and led the way in slicer designs
which promoted hygiene and improved food safety.
1993 - Now part of the GEC
Avery company, slicers and food processing equipment are still sold
under the Berkel brand throughout its companies and distribution
network. The company adopts the brand Avery Berkel for all of its
2000 - With the merger
between Weigh-Tronix and Avery Berkel, the Avery Berkel brand now
signifies the premier retail scales in Europe and North America.
2004 - The Berkel brand of
slicers is sold to Brevetti van Berkel of Itay. Avery Weigh-Tronix
becomes the exclusive supplier of Berkel slicers in the UK, France,
Austria and Ireland. Avery Berkel retail scales remain a key part of
the Avery Weigh-Tronix family as a world leader in the grocery