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I Holland continues to strive for ever higher standards of all round excellence. Our commitment to investment in new manufacturing technologies, people and training is absolute, all with the objective of ensuring even greater levels of satisfaction to our customers, both now and in the years to come.


It was a busy year for I Holland. David Hinds took over from Chris Prideaux as Managing Director and Chris became Chairman and Non-Executive Director on the I Holland Board. Steve Deakin has taken the new position of Customer Service director on the Board and remains part of the Executive Team. I Holland also welcomed a new Sales and Marketing Director, Javier Raposo, who has taken a place on the Board and Executive team.

I Holland had a successful show at Achema in Frankfurt, unveiling XDF and the I Holland Tool Management System, both with great success. I Holland's range of new training animations were also shown and will make an appearance in our future seminars.

2013 - 2014

February 2013 saw I Holland as the winner of HSBC's Midlands Regional Global Connections award - an initiative that finds the UK's most innovative and forward thinking companies.


I Holland launched it's 'Tabletting Science Anti-stick Research Programme' (TSAR) and introduced the new MF40 punch polisher to the world at Achema in Frankfurt.


I Holland had a record year selling tablet tooling to more customers in more countries than ever before. As part of a strong commitment to customer service, I Holland undertook significant capital investment in new customer reception facilities and production equipment. This enables I Holland to maintain competitive lead times, with increasing capacity, delivering the highest quality customer service to more than 90 countries worldwide.


In April 2009 I Holland underwent a change of ownership, the new owners being Chris Prideaux (Managing Director), Steve Deakin (Business Development Director) & David Hinds (Financial Director). Previous owners Peter Fothergill (Chairman) and Trevor Higgins (R&D) remain as directors of the company.

2009 also saw the popular Achema exhibition in Frankfurt during which I Holland launched the impressive anti-abrasive PharmaCote® 'RS' and held a highly successful stand party for clients and agents featuring a live Cuban band. I Holland also re-affirmed it's commitment to excellence with the renewal of BSI accredited status and the Investors In People certificate.


In 2008 I Holland expanded it's technologically advanced range of steels and coatings. These products were launched at the highly successful Interpack exhibition held in Dusseldorf during April. I Holland continues to invest in perfecting the manufacturing process with the purchase of the latest grinding technology in early 2008.


May 2007 marked the launch of the I Holland 'Tablet Compression Tooling from Start to Finish' Seminar. The event was held at the I Holland site over two days, giving a comprehensive overview of the entire tableting process, from tablet design through to the maintenance and aftercare of punches and dies.


In September 2006, to mark its 60th year in business, I Holland hosted an agent's seminar at its headquarters. Over 30 representatives from around the globe attended the three day event that included technical seminars, practical training sessions and an extensive tour of the manufacturing facilities on site.


Mike Glover retired and handed over the M.D. role to Chris Prideaux. David Hinds joined the Board of Directors as Finance Director. Further robots and automated systems implemented.


Fruition of 'Initiative 2000' using robotics, automation and focussed management. Chris Prideaux joined the company as incoming Managing Director. David Hinds brought in as Financial Controller.


The second agents seminar was held at the purpose built training and conference facility at I Holland where almost 40 of our agents from around the world were updated on new developments in tablet tooling. This had been an extremely successful venture and will be held again on a regular basis.

1987 - 1999

The company achieved ISO 9002 quality accreditation, one of the first companies to do this.

Steve Deakin was appointed Director, and the company's PharmaCare® Equipment Division was established to satisfy the growing demand for I Holland associated products.

Successful management buyout was completed. Also the acquisition of Pinder Versatool a UK company manufacturing punch and die storage cabinets, which are now supplied world-wide.

The first agents seminar took place.

Launch of 'Initiative 2000' Process re-engineering.

1969 - 1975

I Holland take on their first apprentice, Trevor Higgins, who is now a Director of I Holland and acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on Tablet Compression Tooling in the world.

I Holland moved to its current premises on Meadow Lane, Long Eaton and in the same year exhibited for the first time at a major pharmaceutical exhibition, Interphex '70, London.

During the next 5 years, a third extension was built on the premises and investment was made in the first computerised order processing system, computer-aided machines, CNC lathes and a wire EDM machine.

Between 1967 and 1970 hobbing press capacity was increased, an ICI Heat Treatment plant was installed and experiments in cold forming punch heads resulted in I Holland patenting the process. The number of employees had risen to 40 and exports started to increase.

1964 - 1967

The first 'hobbed tips' were produced as a result of work carried out by a local company, Goodacre Engraving.

I Holland and Goodacre Engraving were run together under a board of 3 Directors, Paul Juffs, John Higton and Raymond Hopcroft. From there on, I Holland Ltd began its longest period of sustained growth and development. The following years saw major changes and investments.

1910 - 1946

The company has its origins as far back as 1910, when, as Holland and Brewill, it was first established as a general engineering and machining company by Mr Israel Holland.

The decision was made to concentrate on the tabletting industry and it has since grown from the original two-man operation to one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of tablet compression tooling in the world.