Orion Engineering Ltd was founded in January 1997 by Paul Gater, a member of the IET who is also listed with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer. To aid engineering research work, joined the Institute of Physics as a member.
Utilising his experience in engineering and business, the company has been able to provide design and development engineering services to a wide range of clients in various industries. Flexibility in providing solutions for clients is key to Orion Engineering, ensuring that the service each client receives is bespoke. Every client can be assured of confidentiality and discretion throughout the duration of the project.
Paul began in engineering at Foden’s in 1973, where he was a craft apprentice and later a technician apprentice, finishing with an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. After finishing his apprenticeships with Foden’s, Paul became a Production Planning Engineer at their site in Sandbach, Cheshire, where he was responsible for designing jigs, fixtures, toolings and forgings. Further education in Business resulted in him receiving an MSc in Management Studies.
Paul continued designing jigs, fixtures, toolings and forgings for Donald Brown (Brownall) Ltd in 1981. After briefly working for RS Design Ltd in 1982 as a Methods/Estimating Engineer and Design Draughtsman, Paul returned to Donald Brown (Brownalls) Ltd in 1983 as a Design Draughtsman. In this position, Paul designed several items for use as laboratory taps, industrial fittings, valves and meter fittings until 1996.
In January 1997 he decided to establish his own company and founded Orion Engineering Ltd – and the rest, as they say, is history!