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CJS History and Landmarks so far

2022 Various materials handling projects, contracts in the water processing industry, and equipment on oil rigs.

2021 After 33 years in Llanthony Road, CJS relocate to smaller modern offices in Messenger House, 35 St. Michael's Square, Gloucester GL1 1HX. With the majority of staff working from home, the office is attended by 2 of the Directors plus admin support. 

2020 Working on a major UK conveyor contract, solidly throughout CV-19.

2019 Mixture of conveyor contracts and industrial steelwork at water treatment plants.

2018 30 year anniversary for CJS.

2017 Something a bit different this year - over 15 staff working on a 6 month contract updating drawings for a well known high street store.

2015-16 Continued heavy involvement in the biomass handling industry.

2014 A very busy year with materials handling projects for biomass plants, plus special purpose equipment for the nuclear industry and at car manufacturing plants.

2013 Much of this year's activity has been involved with materials handling projects for biomass plants. Building Services continues to thrive.

2012 An interesting year with a range of new clients across various markets including equipment for the theme park / entertainments business and the equestrian industry, whilst regular / traditional clients continue to be supported.

2011 A successful year completing various projects in the automotive industry and special purpose equipment for nuclear clients. Materials handling projects include conveyors in Brazil, Africa, and biomass plants in the UK.

2010 Turnover back on the rise after a challenging 2009. Projects include a large flow metering system for China, structures at Pilkington Glass (St Helens) and at the new Weston Pier.

2009 CJS cope well with the downturn in the economy and gain new clients in various industries, mainly smaller organisations who require engineering support.

2008 CJS celebrate their 20th anniversary year with continued growth and record turnover for year end March 2008. Projects include lorry chassis handling system, upgrades to container cranes, feature staircases for London offices, and contracts in Australia & Iran.

2007 Projects include design of passenger walkways at ferry terminal, upgrades to conveyors at a Mid-Wales quarry, and various projects at UK nuclear power stations. ISO 9000 accreditation achieved.

2006 'Autodesk Inventor' software purchased, to increase range of modelling services. CJS complete their 2000th contract.

2005 'Solid Works' software purchased, increasing the company's 3D CAD modelling capabilities. CJS win new clients in the aerospace industry. Major project for design of conveyor systems in Jamaica.

2003 CJS celebrates 15 years! Management buy-out completed by current Directors. Key projects include design & detailing of Portsmouth Materials Recycling Facility, and various contracts at several UK car plants.

2001 CJS complete two phases of work for a materials handling plant at a copper mine in Iran.

2000 CJS awarded large contract to detail structures at Honda’s Swindon plant, and complete work on conveyor plant for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

1999 CJS awarded call-off contract with British Energy, opening a new avenue of nuclear related work. The last manual drawing board is removed, the company is now totally CAD based.

1997 Following the phased retirement of the three founding Directors, company is run by management team of Andrew Howarth, Paul Price and Matthew Sproston who are responsible for all operations.

1996 CJS awarded large contract for the complete materials handling system at a Malaysian steelworks. Approximately 35 staff employed, turnover reaches £1 million.

1994 Quality management system installed. Key projects include steel processing line in Brazil, and conveyor systems in Thailand.

1993 The company purchases its first seat of Autocad (release 12). The majority of work is done manually on drawing boards.

1992 Major contract to design & detail four cement ship loaders for Indonesia.

1990 The company quickly expanded, providing a design service to materials handling companies, and diversifying into other industrial fields such as structural steelwork and general mechanical design.

1989 After the first year of business, the company has 12 full time staff, 7 working in house and 5 working at client’s premises.

1988 CJS Engineering Ltd formed by William Chatwin, Colin Jones and Albert Sproston following the closure of Gloucester company Babcock Moxey Ltd. The founders had a wealth of knowledge in bulk materials handling and associated equipment, having served at the highest levels within Babcock Moxey for a combined 75 years. Visit for further details. The CJS office location is less than a mile from the old Babcock Moxey works, now the site of a retail park & cinema.