Aish Technologies Limited, formerly Aish & Co, was formed in 1888; and initially focused on shore-based electrical switch gear and substations.
Throughout the mid-20th century, Aish gained a prestigious reputation for designing and manufacturing naval control panels, transformers, and wiring looms. From the 1970s Aish produced a number of electronics systems, including Engineer Order Telegraph Systems, Compass Retransmission Units, and, notably, Versatile Console Systems (VCS) units and consoles, which provided machinery control, communications, and navigation in a common physical format for the Royal Navy’s (and other navies’) latest vessels. It was also during this period that Aish developed the initial production system of its Low Signature Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) System, for the Royal Navy’s Vanguard Class submarines.
It wasn’t all for the Navy – during this time several military systems were produced and entered service with the British and other armies. The system with the longest span of service is the Intelligent Battery Management System (IBMS), designed to charge and condition Clansman radio batteries and is still in use today.
After a series of owners during the 1970’s and 1980s, Aish was bought by the Widney Group in 1988; as the result of a common interest in enclosures and consoles. Widney Aish was at the forefront of providing Switch and Fuse Panels, Changeover Switches, and VCS equipment for Type 23 frigates, Sandown Class minehunters, and HMS Ocean during this period.
In November 2000 the directors of Widney Aish executed a management buyout from Widney plc and the company was renamed Aish Technologies Limited. The formation of the private company, plus a move to new premises in 2002 and the implementation of continuous process improvements, has ensured that the Aish name continues to be a byword for an innovative, agile, and responsive mid-tier supplier to the Defence and Energy markets.
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