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New Appointment at Howdon 

1st January 2024 
Howdon Power Transmission Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Fethi Slama as the company's Sales Director. 
 
Fethi is married with two children and has worked in international sales for many years. He is multilingual, speaking 5 languages, with deep expertise in Howdon's products, Torque Limiters, Twiflex products, Svendborg products and many others. He also has extensive experience in business development, analytics and various sales tools such as the Direct Industry platform, Salesforce CRM, etc. 
 
For the past five years he has led Howdon's global sales activities, promoting the company's business in the UK and overseas, and dealing with all our distributors and clients. 
 
Fethi is based at Howdon's head office in Stroud, Gloucestershire, where he looks forward to continuing to support our growing list of satisfied customers and agents across the world. 
 
Howard P Miles, Managing Director 
 

Howdon Drive Protection in the Renewable Energy Industry 

Alvan Blanch Development Company Ltd are a company with over 70 years of engineering experience producing processing machinery for the agricultural industry. As the need for sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels there has been a growing interest in the use of biomass materials. Alvan Blanch has produced a range of drying and processing machines for woodchip, digestate, grass, straw and animal manure. 
Howdon has worked with Alvan Blanch in providing drive protection units for machines processing different materials including seaweed and wood. These Wedgegard Units are required to maintain their integrity in difficult working conditions. 
 
The picture below shows a Howdon Wedgegard S Hub providing reliable drive protection on a Biomass Woodchip Drying Machine. 
Image copyright ©Alvan Blanch Group. 

Howdon Wedgegard giving drive protection on Seaweed Processing Plant 

Usit Asco Limited is a company based in the Scottish Isle of Usit and has promoted the business of harvesting nutrient-rich seaweed from the coast of the Outer Hebrides. Seaweed is utilised across a variety of uses including animal and human consumption, fertiliser and biomass. 
 
Drying seaweed prior to processing can extend the product by up to two years. Alvan Blanch designed and manufactured the CV 22000 Seaweed Conveyor and Batch Dryer fitted with Howdon Wedgegard Overload Drive Protection for Usit Asco. 
Image copyright ©Alvan Blanch Group. 
Here at Howdon we have provided Torque Limiters, Couplings, Brakes and Thrusters to many happy customers over the years. Here's what just a few of them have said about working with us... 
 
"We had been developing a test rig for two years to help a client test a manual clutch system for new Hybrid and Electric vehicles. 
 
The problem was that we needed a torque limiter coupling that could run up to speeds of 6500 rpm and 900 Nm, but be small enough to fit into our newly designed test rig. 
 
This was a quick turnaround job and Howdon's customer service was excellent, answering all our technical queries straight away." 
 
PAUL REID 
Project Manager at Zytek Automotive Ltd, Continental Engineering Services 
"The gimbal was a pretty spectacular piece of engineering itself. 
 
It was basically the entire cargo hold of a C-130, built to be able to rotate and roll 360 degrees continuously. 
 
I think they could do up to nine consecutive revolutions at up to five seconds per revolution and the reason they couldn’t go continuously is that all the cabling to power the lights and everything else inside the set would get wound up." 
 
ERIK NASH 
Production & Visual Effects Supervisor on ‘The Mummy’ 
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