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Our heritage

Read about Renishaw's growth over the years.

Early probe

1972 - David McMurtry invents first touch-trigger probe.

First Commercial Probe for CMMs

1973 - First commercial probe for CMMs produced.

John Deer

1974 - John Deer becomes first full-time employee.

1976 First commercial premises

1976 - First commercial premises purchased.  

1977 First machine tool probe

1977 - First dedicated probe for machine tools introduced.

Gavel (First patent case fought jointly with Rolls-Royce

1978 - First patent case fought jointly with Rolls-Royce.

1978 First exhibition stand

1978 - First Renishaw exhibition stand at PEP show, Olympia, London.

Renishaw Financial (Sales reach £1m of which 85% were exports)

1979 - Sales reach £1m, of which 85% were exports.

1979 First Queen's Award

1979 - First Queen's Award (Export Achievement)

1979 David joins full-time

1979 - David McMurtry joined company full-time, and the first apprentice was recruited.

1980 Official opening of extended premises by HRH Princess Anne

1980 - Official opening of extended premises by HRH Princess Anne.

1981 First overseas manufacturing facility opened in Dublin, Ireland

1981 - First overseas manufacturing facility opened in Dublin, Ireland.

Graph Acquire (Renishaw shares listed on LSE)

1983 - Renishaw shares listed on Unlisted Securities Market of the London Stock Exchange.

People  (First sponsored student program introduced)

1984 - First sponsored student scheme introduced.

Renishaw shares enter official list of London Stock Exchange.

1985 New Mills building opened (now the Company's HQ)

1985 - New Mills building opened (now the Company's HQ).

1987 Introduced laser interferometer (SL10)

1987 - Digitising software (MAETRACE) and laser interferometer (SL10) introduced.

1978 First Patent Case

1987 - Agreement with Rolls-Royce to take 100% ownership of original patents.

1989 First encoder introduced (RGI)

1989 - First encoder introduced (RGI).

Raman Microscope

1991 - QC10 ballbar and Raman microscope introduced.

1992 Launched Cyclone scanning machine

1992 - Launched Cyclone scanning machine.

1995 Launched HS10 laser scale

1995 - Launched HS10 laser scale.

1996 Three awards received for RAMTIC production system

1996 - 3 awards received for RAMTIC production system.

1997 PCMT process control software for machine tools launched

1997 - PCMT process control software for machine tools launched.

Group of People (Small) Ilustration

1997 - Reached 1000 employees worldwide.

Renishaw Financial (Sales reach £1m of which 85% were exports)

2000 - Worldwide sales reached £100m.

David McMurtry received knighthood "for services to design and innovation"

2001 - David McMurtry received knighthood "for services to design and innovation".

2002 First dental scanner introduced (Triclone 90)

2002 - First dental scanner introduced (Triclone 90).

REVO User's guide front photo

2005 - Launched REVO five-axis measurement system.

ITP Building (Inner)

2006 - Purchased ITP GmbH.

neuro | mate robot w/o mayfield banner

2007 - Established neurological product line.

M250 Dynascan 3D mobile mapping system

2010 - Acquired initial stake in Measurement Devices Ltd (MDL) with agreement to purchase remaining shares.

2011 Introduced guaging product line (Equator)

2011 - Introduced gauging product line (Equator).

AM250 machine

2011 - Launched additive manufacturing product line.

RAMTIC carousels in the machining hall at Miskin, June 2013.

2011 - Purchased Miskin site in South Wales.

Group of People (Large) Illustration

2012 - Reached 3000 employees worldwide.

Sales reached £300m.

Woodchester site named Best Electronics and Electrical Plant 2013Image: The Citizen

2012 - Woodchester plant won Best Electronics & Electrical Plant award.

Multi-hole acrylic base plate

2013 - New fixtures product line launched.

Group of People (Large) Illustration

2014 - Record 105 craft and technical apprentices in training.

Record intake of 68 graduates.

The Princess Royal speaks ahead of formally opening the Renishaw Innovation Centre

2015 - Royal opening of Renishaw Innovation Centre

Reached 4,000 employees worldwide

A brief history

Renishaw On-Demand nav button Sir David McMurtry and John Deer

Renishaw was established in 1973 by David McMurtry (now Sir David McMurtry), Chairman and Chief Executive, and John Deer, now Deputy Chairman. The company's first product, the touch-trigger probe had been invented by Sir David to solve a specific inspection requirement for the Olympus engines used on the supersonic Concorde aircraft. This innovative product led to a revolution in three-dimensional co-ordinate measurement, enabling the accurate measurement of machined components and finished assemblies.

Throughout our history we have made a significant commitment to research and development (R&D), with around 15 to 18% of annual sales invested in R&D and engineering. This has enabled the company to diversify into sensors for CNC machine tools which are used for automating machine setting operations and in-process part measurement, position encoders for accurate motion control, laser interferometry for machine performance evaluation, systems to produce dental crowns and bridges, Raman microscopes for spectral analysis of materials, gauging technology, additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, laser measurement and surveying systems and shape memory alloys, medical devices for neurosurgical applications, and products to improve the diagnosis of human infectious diseases.

The majority of our R&D and manufacturing is carried out in the UK, primarily in the County of Gloucestershire, where our headquarters are based on the site of a former 19th Century mill used to manufacture woollen cloth. We also have manufacturing bases in France, Germany and the US as well as assembly facilities located near to Dublin, Ireland and in Pune, India. In 2011 we acquired the former Bosch manufacturing facility at Miskin, near Cardiff, in South Wales; manufacturing commenced there in May 2012.

We have a strong global presence, with over 70 locations in 33 countries and some 95% of our sales are made outside the UK. Since our formation in 1973 we have won numerous awards, including eighteen Queen's Awards, recognising Technological Achievement, Export Achievement and Enterprise (Innovation).