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In 1978, Motivair became part of the family-owned Leach-Lewis Group, growing to become one of the largest compressed air management companies in Europe. However, the roots of the company extend back to the end of World War II when founder Stuart Charles Baker, a serving Royal Engineer, left the army to manage Teddington Engineering at Elleray Hall.

In 1957, Stuart first introduced the name Motivair and, twenty years later, Robin Leach joined forces with him to create a joint venture, Motivair Leach. Ultimately, Robin acquired the renamed Motivair Compressors Limited from Stuart, who nonetheless remained pivotally involved until his retirement in 1986.

Under the umbrella of the Leach-Lewis Group, Motivair quickly developed into a national service provider through both organic growth and acquisition. The company also took the Motivair brand overseas in the 1980s, expanding its International Division rapidly into more than 80 countries. More recently, Motivair has launched its own range compressor range – The Motivair Opus Series – which complements the leading manufacturers’ brands which it has serviced since the very early days.The company continues to expand in the new century, with such well known names as LCC, Grant Pneumatics, APC, Multi-Pneumatics, CMRS, Airchannel, Duncan Rogers Compressor Service Division and Central Compressors becoming part of the Motivair family.

In July 2014 Julian Leach took control of Motivair by acquiring all Ordinary and Preference Shares in the company. A grandson of Hubert C Leach, founder of the Leach dynasty which acquired Motivair nearly 50 years ago, Julian has chaired the company since 1992. The change of ownership heralds a new and exciting era of investment and growth.

During 2015, Central Compressors became a division of the Motivair Group providing high pressure compressed air equipment, services and speciality products.

Below is a timeline of some of the important events in the history of Motivair

  • 1952 Stuart Charles Baker leaves the army and establishes Teddington Engineering.
  • 1957 The company registers new name Motive-Air Co., later renamed as Motivair Compressors Ltd.
  • 1978 Motivair Leach formed by Stuart Charles Baker and Robin Leach, with Motivair subsequently acquired fully by the family-owned Leach Lewis Group.
  • 1986 Founder Stuart Baker retires.
  • 2006 Acquisition of London Compressor Centre.
  • 2006 Acquisition of Air Power Centre.
  • 2006 Acquisition of Grant Pneumatics.
  • 2006 The Motivair Opus Series of compressors is launched.
  • 2007  Acquisition of Multi Pneumatics.
  • 2008 Acquisition of Economatics Pneumatics.
  • 2008 Acquisition of CMRS.
  • 2008 Motivair relocates to brand new head office facilities in Burntwood, Staffordshire.
  • 2008 Motivair opens a new National Distribution Centre close by in Brownhills.
  • 2009 Acquisition of Oscott Air.
  • 2010 Acquisition of Airchannel Ltd.
  • 2011 Acquisition of Duncan Rogers Compressor Service Division.
  • 2014 Julian Leach took control of Motivair by acquiring all Ordinary and Preference Shares in the company.
  • 2015 Acquisition of Central Compressors Ltd.
  • 2016 New website launched
  • 2017 Managing Director Chris Rhodes retires
  • 2017 Iain Beadle joins as CEO.

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