History

Over 30 years of continued success

Over Three Decades and Still Growing

We are proud of our achievements over many years of development. In recent years, the company has continued to expand and evolve through the growth of market share and continual investment in both infrastructure and workforce. We invite you to look at our timeline below for some of our more significant and successful stories.

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2017

Captec Expands Senior Management Team with Significant Investment in Talent Acquisition

Following the appointment of Ed Prager as CEO, the business has invested heavily in industry talent to expand its Senior Management Team. With new roles created and hired for Heads of key business areas such as Engineering, Product Management, Marketing and HR, Captec hopes to fuel growth whilst ensuring the needs of its customers are not only met, but exceeded.

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2017

Captec Announces Ed Prager as New CEO

The appointment of Ed Prager is a strategic milestone in Captec’s history. Mr Prager, who was previously Vice President at Seagate Technology, succeeds Professor Toti, founder of Captec, allowing him to transition away from the day-to-day running of the business to concentrate on positioning it for IPO. Mr Prager’s IT career spans over 20 years with companies such as IBM, News International and Xyratex.

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2017

IoT and Embedded

Our capabilities, workforce and international reach have grown to an extent that we are positioned as an award-winning and industry-leading designer and manufacturer of specialist computing platforms. With eyes set firmly towards the future, we harbour strong ambitions to become a pacesetter in bespoke solutions for IoT and edge sensor measurement platforms, as we continue on our journey towards an Initial Public Offering.

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2016 & 2017

Captec Make Top 20 Performing Company List Two Consecutive Years 

As the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of specialist computing platforms, we have been recognised as one of the region’s top 20 medium sized companies achieving sustained growth in international turnover. In August 2016, accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO LLP, conducted its annual analysis of the mid-market. The mid-market represents companies turning over between £10m and £300m.

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2016

Captec Win Queen’s Award for Enterprise

The award – the UK’s highest accolade for business success – recognises substantial economic growth and strong export figures between 2012 and 2014. It has been honoured for outstanding international trade results in a period which also saw the company listed in the Sunday Time Profit Track 100.

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2015

Captec Wins Place in Sunday Times 2015 BDO Profit Track

Published on Sunday 12th April, the 16th annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s private companies, with the fastest-growing profits, over the last three years. Only thirteen companies made their debut on the Profit Track 100 this year, and only nineteen companies out of the full one hundred, are from the South East of Britain. An indicator of just how competitive the league table is. Profit Track 100 is part of the overall Fast Track league tables that rank Britian’s fastest growth companies across various performance metrics.

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2014

Whittle Avenue

In 2014 we acquired a substantially larger premises in Whittle Avenue, Fareham. A space increase from 20,000 to 50,000 square feet enabled the development of highly efficient lean flow lines and expanded 19-inch rack integration facilities. This also enabled us to bolster the Captec engineering, servicing and product development areas. An industry leading compliance facility was installed, with an EMC chamber and thermal testing labs.

By 2014, our business model had begun to alter in line with contemporary demand and modern technology. Coinciding with our acquisition of X2 computing, we began to sell tablet devices in their thousands, not in their tens. A move that would later see us move to monopolise the eBingo industry.

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2013

Outgrowing Brunel Way

Since moving to Brunel Way, we continued to grow and expand the facility.  Each year new projects claimed more space and created more depth to our capabilities.  A mezzanine floor extension, an extension to our engineering and customer service centres, a new front car park, an EMC chamber, and so on.  But once again we were close to the limit of the capacity of this facility and it wasn’t long before we had to relocate again to continue to grow the business.

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2006

Captec Americas Inc.

Captec Americas Inc. was established in Kitchener, Ontario, as a springboard into the North American market. Based in the three-city technology triangle (Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo), the business focused on computer platforms solely, with all distributor contracts lapsing. As a result, we were able to concentrate on being an independent designer and manufacturer of certified, controlled and industrial computers.

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2005

Second Upscale and Rebrand

Our facilities had been extended to their limit and the growth of the business had required substantially more space. By the end of 2004, a second property was acquired in Brunel Way, Fareham, and the business relocated in March 2005. The move was also punctuated by an opportunity to refresh the Captec brand and logo. The strap-line of Tried, Tested and Trusted was introduced.

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1998

Captec Ltd.

Our business plan became more scalable, designing and manufacturing specialist computer platforms as opposed to turnkey bespoke solutions. The business was restructured, rebranded and renamed as Captec Ltd. – an acronym for Computer Applications Technologies. The close relationships we had built up with customers continued with ongoing support. We now focused on designing and manufacturing industrial and certified computers as well as distributing PC plug-in cards for specialist engineering and scientific applications.

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1996

Upscaling Facilities

Our first property was acquired in Southampton, offering us more space to complement our newly expanded business. The premises were aptly named Sirius House, chosen because it is the brightest star in the sky. The company continued to grow, and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) PC technologies were becoming increasingly popular in engineering and scientific applications for systems integrators and OEMs looking to reduce costs and increase functionality. But COTS alone was not enough, and varying degrees of engineered protection was required to enable computers to operate reliably in demanding applications.

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1990

Early Distribution Partnerships

Our partnering relationships led to early distribution arrangements with National Instruments and Advantech. From this, our business model expanded even further, creating and supplying add-on expansion cards to systems integrators and OEMs adopting the PC as their computing architecture of choice. As the company grew, our workforce and facilities expanded.

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1988

Expanded Business Model

IMS Ltd. expanded and rapidly gained a reputation as a turnkey system solution provider for bespoke applications and integrated systems. Customers such as General Electric, ICI, Maroni, Siemens, Ford and the Ministry of Defence were soon onboard. A new breed of business was also starting to emerge globally, specialising in the mass market of plug-in expansion cards for the PC. Although mainly for commercial functions, such as graphics cards, many were beginning to address measurement and control applications. As we integrated more systems, such as A/D conversion, motor control and sensory input, we sought more partnering relationships with manufacturers.

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1985

Integrated Measurement Systems Ltd.

The rise of open architecture PCs and the availability of building block components saw the business named Integrated Measurement Systems Ltd. (IMS Ltd.) The business model was centered on using cost-effective PC-based technologies to integrate bespoke systems for engineering and scientific applications. Considered a niche market, it presented an opportunity where applications could now be performed at a price range not previously possible. Measurement, control, data acquisition, testing and many more applications could now be executed with PC-based systems.

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1985

Genesis

The company was founded in 1985 by Max Toti, an Electronics Engineer from Southampton University. Incorporated in November 1984, the company began trading in January the next year. The mid 1980s was the dawn of the PC age and personal computers had started to pervade office space, with models now available at $1,000, not $100,000 and above. Low-cost computing was now being deployed on a large scale, culminating in the advent of a diversity of software companies.

Tried, Tested and Trusted

We’ve been in business since 1985, during which time we have built up an established track record as a Tried, Tested and Trusted designer and manufacturer of specialist computing platforms. Get in touch to learn how we can assist with your application.