It was in 1832 that William McGeoch founded the McGeoch Organisation. He came from a farming family and had broken away from the land to work in a lawyer’s office. He was then apprenticed to an ironmongers and by 1832 had saved up enough money to start his own business specialising in marine ironmongery.
William McGeoch & Co acquired their Warwick Works in Birmingham in 1887 and almost immediately began manufacturing lighting fittings for the ‘SS City of Paris’ (right) being built in Clydebank. Their range included some curious designs of lampholders which were in common use before the Edison-Swann type of lampholder became the industry standard.
Over the years McGeoch has become a proven and long standing supplier to the British Royal Navy and all the very latest projects including the Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class Aircraft Carrier, McGeoch continues to build its reputation for quality, reliability and service in all aspects of marine engineering, The company has also consistently moved ahead of the times and kept well abreast of modern technologies.
McGeoch specialises in the design, engineering, manufacture, project management and installation of electrical and electronic equipment for marine vessels and submarines including specialist lights, lighting and switchgear. From its headquarters in Birmingham, the company offers a total solutions package with prototype and test, supply chain and manufacture and integrated logistical support forming a vital part of day-to-day operations, all backed by a team of highly qualified design engineers, widely experienced in all aspects of both mechanical and electrical applications.
McGeoch has successfully engineered and supplied electrical equipment for many of the world’s frigates, destroyers, off-shore patrol vessels, missile boats and submarines in projects such as Type 42, 23, and 45, LPD, LPH, Trafalgar and Astute. Equipment such as this forms the very backbone of the McGeoch business and whilst designed to provide a long, trouble-free service life, the company’s ongoing support is unrivalled in the marine industry.
McGeoch offers leading edge optics and lighting technology and is committed to retaining its ‘best in class¹ status for the engineering and supply of lights, lighting and switchgear to the marine industry.
The company operates to the very highest quality standards, holds ISO 9001:2015 and SIRA approval and is working on the JOSCAR, Rolls Royce Sabre Quality standards and also the SC21 programmes.