The History of Melett Precision Engineered Turbochargers & Parts

Founded in 1995, the main focus of Melett is to help keep the turbo reconditioning industry growing by offering a reliable, high quality range of turbo repair kits and turbo parts making a repair possible where the original turbo manufacturer does not fully support the aftermarket. After 20 years of continuous service, Melett has become recognised as the trusted brand for professional turbo reconditioners Worldwide.

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The company maintained good growth – 2001

The company maintained good growth in the first six years until the sudden and untimely loss of Melvyn in 2001. The following twelve months brought much uncertainty until the company was bought in 2002 by Mr Ian Warhurst – the current owner and Managing Director.

Ian became a Director – 2002

2002Ian had an interest in engines from an early age due to his family’s business comprising of a garage and small haulage company. After finishing a Mechanical Engineering Design degree, Ian went on to complete further post graduate business qualifications whilst working in the structural aluminium industry. Ian became a Director and Shareholder in the business and after a takeover in 2001, sold his shares and left with a view to setting up his own business. Ian quickly found Melett – a company that made turbocharger replacement parts and was looking for a new owner – Perfect, and Melett as it is known today was re-launched at Automechanika 2002.

Further expansion was needed – 2011

2011In March 2011, further expansion was needed and Melett invested 1.4 million euros in new and much expanded premises in Barnsley, Yorkshire, UK, to enable the company to significantly extend its services to customers worldwide through improved warehousing, new purpose built offices, dedicated CHRA production and enhanced engineering metrology facilities.

Latin American sales office – 2013

2013 saw the opening of our Latin American sales office and later in the year, to help us better serve the Polish market, we opened Melett Polska, our sales and distribution centre

2016 saw further expansion – 2016


media2016-12016 saw further expansion when we introduced additional warehouse capacity to enhance our stock availability. The 12,500 sqm warehouse is adjacent to our existing UK Head Office and houses goods-in, quality, inspection and kit building operations. This expansion has helped us be more proactive in meeting our customers’ requirements, as well as accommodating our ever expanding range.Mid 2016, saw the launch of Melett Turbochargers, our exciting range of precision engineered turbos. We can now offer our customers the complete product portfolio, including everything from individual piece parts right through to the complete unit

Originally based in Dewsbury – 1995

ian-warhurstOriginally based in Dewsbury Melett’s history began in 1995 when the late Melvyn Hackett started the company. Melvyn, formerly of Garrett and Rotomaster, worked in the turbo industry for decades initially setting up and running the European arm of ‘Rotomaster’. Rotomaster were the largest independent manufacturers of turbo repair parts in the World. They were bought out by Garrett in 1985 after which, Melvyn Hackett became the head of Garrett Aftermarket for the next 9 years until he was made redundant in 1995. Not wishing to retire, Melvyn decided to start his own aftermarket business based upon the Rotomaster model – naming the company, Melett.

A new larger premises in Huddersfield – 2006

2006Due to substantial growth, in July 2006, Melett moved from its modest premises in Dewsbury to new larger premises in Clayton West, Huddersfield. The new premises incorporated new offices, mezzanine floor space and extra racking, at the time allowing lots of room for future development and growth.Along with most of its customers, Melett has been developing rapidly over recent years in line with market growth. In order to keep ahead of the continuing growth, and to increase product development, stock availability and quality, Melett has invested heavily in the latest machinery, experienced team members and quality facilities.

Melett North America Inc – 2012

2012Further expansion in 2012 saw the opening of Melett North America Inc. The sales, warehouse and distribution facility serves the US and Canadian markets, and is also an ideal shipping point for any customers in Mexico or South America, if shipping from the US is preferred.

In-house control – 2014

2014Expansion continued throughout 2014 when we moved our in-house core production facility, to its own dedicated facility to significantly increase our volume capabilities. This was followed closely by the launch of our new Melett Manufacturing Facility in China, a market move for us as we started to take in-house control of our manufacturing.

Melett becomes part of the Wabtec Corporation2017

Melett Limited has been acquired by the Wabtec Corporation. The US-based company is a global provider of value-added, technology-based products and services for freight rail, passenger transit and other industrial segments.

Melett Today…

Today, the Melett Group includes:
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  • Melett Ltd. UK – Head Office – Sales, warehouse and distribution facility, offering worldwide delivery. Incorporates dedicated Engineering, Technical, Quality and Supply Chain departments, as well as Sales, Marketing and Finance offices, and Training facilities. Melett Core Production Facility – Dedicated UK core production facility, incorporating core building, balancing and packaging, and extensive stock holding. UK Good In Warehouse – Dedicated goods in and bulk storage warehouse.

  • Melett North America Inc. – Sales, warehouse and distribution facility, offering local stock availability to the US and Canadian markets.

  • Melett Polska Sp. z o.o. – Sales, warehouse and distribution facility, offering local stock availability for customers throughout the Polish marketplace.

  • Melett Manufacturing Facility – Fully equipped manufacturing facility incorporating the latest machinery and technology, including casting tooling, welding machines, and the latest Japanese CNC controlled equipment with onboard CMM.