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Founded in 1974, GSM Graphic Arts Ltd was the first of the group companies, manufacturing metal nameplates and labels. Based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, rapid expansion followed through organic growth and acquisition and in 1979, Valtech Industries was purchased and moved to the Thirsk site. This brought machining and fabricating capability to GSM. Valtech's principle products at that time were for laboratories, including machined pressure receptacles and magnetic stirring units. Sheet metal capability was later added with the introduction of CNC punching and folding equipment.
With demand increasing year on year, additional premises were sought. In 1997, GSM purchased the metalwork fabrication site of Farnell Electronics in Wetherby, West Yorkshire and the GSM Valtech business was transferred there. This resulted in increased manufacturing floor area at 28,000 sq ft and gaining staff with over 40 years experience in manufacturing electronic enclosures. Substantial investment followed allowing GSM Valtech to continue to offer a first class manufacturing facility, including bar code data capture to give you up to date production information and accurate costing.