A Brief History
Hunters Auto Electrical Engineering began trading in 2005 from premises at Cowley in Oxford. Its core business was mobile diagnostics and repairs for bus and coach operators in the south.
In 2006 the business took on its first apprentice and was contracted to undertake electrical fire and accident repair work for a major bus and coach repairer in Portsmouth.
2007 saw two additional auto electrical engineers being employed and new contracts for electrical upgrades to Transport for London buses.
In 2008 two apprentices were employed and the company now supplied engineering support to plant operators, the company also achieved approved contractor status with the major bus and coach companies.
The company in 2009 was contracted by a major bus and coach repairer in Southampton to carry out electrical upgrades to TfL buses as well as carrying major electrical repair work. The business relocated to Eastleigh the same year to provide better support to its growing customer base on the south coast. Hunters also opened a trade counter supplying auto electrical parts.
By 2010 the company had grown to 7 staff and were now also supplying engineering support to heavy goods operators.
In 2011 the business expanded and started a wiring harness manufacturing centre, an apprentice also achieved an ‘apprentice of the year’ award.
2012 was the year that the company was awarded ‘small business of the year’ in Southampton, it was also the year that its innovative design for electrical systems on heavy vehicles, was exhibited at the NEC Commercial Vehicle show.
2013 was the start of providing engineering warranty support for a major European coach manufacturer.
Innovation has always been a key strength of the business and in 2014 the company designed and manufactured the ‘BUSB’ usb charging systems for passengers on public transport, it also began implementing a quality management system. 2 new apprentices and a senior engineer were employed.
2015 celebrated 10 years of trading, it also achieved ISO 9001-2008 with the VCA UKAS. Its manufacturing departments met the conformance of production criteria and its manufactured products achieved E11 reg 10.05 approval.
In 2016 the business began engineering warranty support for the Uk’s largest bus and coach manufacturer. 2016 saw the launch of the ‘Flash Marker’ for HGV trailers which improved safety for all road users.
Late 2017 was the launch year for a new product, the ‘BusstoP’ immobiliser for buses. Hunters were also one of the first companies in the UK to move to the new ISO9001-2015 standard.