Assentech Limited was founded in 2009 by Managing Director Ewart Cox. Having found himself disillusioned and disappointed by the performance of some of the industry’s biggest providers, Ewart decided to start a company whose focus was on customers and products, not KPI’s and spreadsheets.
What started from a home office at the start of 2009, has since grown by 55% year on year and is fast becoming one of the leading providers of specialist equipment to tank storage and process industries in the UK.
Now based from purpose built offices and workshop facilities in Cornwall, Assentech Limited work with a broad range of end users, specialist consultancies and contractors – including an array of household names from the fuel, pharma and food and beverage sectors.
Ewart believes that Assentech Limited’s success is down to being open and honest with customers and focusing on the long term success of relationships – be it with customers, suppliers or his own staff. As Assentech Limited continue to grow, Ewart shares his technical knowledge freely and insists that his colleagues work to the same high standards of technical integrity, honesty and hard work.
As Assentech Limited approach their 6th year of business, Ewart believes he has built an excellent team around him, all with similar focus on providing the finest support to both customers and suppliers.
There are enough shiny suits on the road already so we would rather you are visited by someone with the technical background and product knowledge required to discuss your needs – it makes more sense for everyone, especially when safety is at stake. We like all of our staff to get their hands dirty because it’s the best way to get to gain an understanding of our products and of our customers requirements.
There is no place for ‘floggit and leggit’ at Assentech Limited and we aim to support our customer in the short term, medium term and long term. Our reputation means the world to us so building long-term working relationships and supplying the safest solution are our priorities, not making a quick buck.
We know our subject matter well and will let you know if something is beyond the realms of our expertise. The industries we work in are safety critical and no place for flying by the seat of your pants. If we don’t have the knowledge or products, we usually know of a reputable supplier who does and we will be happy to point you in their direction.
Ewart started his engineering career at Lister Diesel Engines where he worked as an Applications Engineer, including a 3 year secondment to Lister Diesel Mexicana. This was followed by roles in the development of combined heat and power systems, mining equipment, fork lift trucks and offshore power packs for Caterpillar, GM and Volvo diesel engines. During his time with Lister, Ewart completed a mechanical apprenticeship before qualifying in Management Studies at the University of the West of England. It was whilst working for Lister that Ewart developed specialist knowledge of hazardous areas, explosive atmospheres and the applicable standards.
With a further 18 years' experience in the safe storage of hazardous and volatile liquids, Ewart has since become known as a prominent figure in tank farm safety. With a specific focus on API 2000, he has been a leading specialist in the selection and application of tank breather vents, flame arrestors, blanketing valves, bursting disks and tanker loading systems and has participated in a number of technical committees.
Ewart looks after all aspect of the business and takes a very hands-on approach to engineering, spending as much time on site with customers as he is able. More recently, Ewart’s efforts have been focused on developing Assentech Limited's Service and Installation capabilities.
Likes – cycling, vintage cars, scuba diving and spending time with his partner Debbie and their 6 children.
Debbie is an experienced office manager who has applied her analytical approach and use of KPI’s within a number of Blue Chip companies. A considerable part of Debbie’s career has been spent in the pharmaceutical sector, allowing her to gain a thorough understanding of the processes and systems many manufacturing plants operate.
Debbie joined Assentech Limited in 2010 and has played an instrumental role in Assentech Limited's consistent and continued expansion. Day to day, Debbie is responsible for management of the company accounts as well as playing a key role in coordinating inside sales and customer support activities.
Debbie’s approach to work is ‘first in, last out’ and she is always at the end of the line when customers need her most.
Likes - cycling, kayaking, walking and trying to keep up with her 3 children – on and off the bike.
Ellie has over twenty years’ experience as an Office Manager and Executive PA at board level and has worked in both the private and public sectors in a variety of different roles. These have included PA to the Managing Director of Imerys Ltd and PA to Chief Executive of the Eden Project Ltd. Ellie has gained experience within a number of rapidly growing organisations and is well versed in key account management, logistics, HR, customer liaison and order processing.
Ellie joined Assentech Limited in June 2013 and has had an immediate impact on the company, streamlining order processing, building some excellent customer relationships and guiding the business through a number of high profile customer audits.
Likes – cinema, music, reading, walking in the beautiful Cornish countryside and spending time with family and friends.
James is a very knowledgeable engineer who has amassed over 20 years of experience since completing his RAF apprenticeship in 1993. James gained experience maintaining a variety of aircraft, including Search & Rescue Sea King helicopters, prior to transferring his skills into the commercial role with one of Cornwall largest engineering companies. During his time in the private sector, James has run production operations for safety critical precision fabrications, as well as travelling the globe in to provide onsite support to customers.
James joined Assentech at the end of 2013 and is focused on the internal sales aspect of the company. We look forward to drawing on James’ vast engineering knowledge and are confident that our customers are in safe hands with James.
Likes – Playing and coaching Rugby (current coach of St Austell U13), Spear Fishing and Bushcraft, in which James is an expert.