Spooner Industries

Spooner industries provides custom designed solutions around the world for the principle market sectors of food paper, non-wovens, metals, converting and environmental. Engineering industrial process machinery such as ovens, dryers, coolers, provers, air turns, stabilisers, oxidisers and solvent recovery, energy and heat recovery equipment. Since 1932 Spooner has been a leading innovator in air movement and heat transfer technology.

Company details

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Air and Climate
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Since 1932 Spooner Industries has been a leading global innovator introducing pioneering technology in all of its industry sectors. Initially focused on forced air convection technology, the company has unrivaled worldwide experience in the baking, drying, curing, proving/proofing, cooling, air pollution abatement and non-contact handling of a diverse range of products.
A thorough understanding of heat transfer, air flotation technology and pollution abatement allows the company to design bespoke solutions to a growing range of industries and processes.

Spooner’s team of specialist engineers carry out everything from concept design and manufacture to full installation, commissioning and maintenance.

Offering over 4,500 m2 of purpose built manufacturing space to meet any requirement, Spooner also provide sophisticated in-house Test and R&D facilities for product development, trials and testing as well as servicing and maintenance.

The head office is based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK with agents and representatives across the globe providing a local point of contact for almost every client, wherever the location.

Spooner Offers You

Turn-key Solutions including full installation and commissioning services worldwide, with supervisory or full team erection and operator training.

In-House Manufacture offering 4,500 m2 of purpose built facilities for the pre-assembly and testing of critical parts, allowing full control of quality and programme.

R &D Test Centre provides a dedicated facility allowing in-depth study and demonstration of new processes and equipment design.

Service and Support including process inspections, upgrades, repairs, restoration, relocation and training carried out by Spooner’s specialist engineers.

Spare Parts manufactured in house where appropriate.

Quality Assurance comes from being ISO 9001 accredited, as well as carrying out extensive internal and external auditing for complete customer satisfaction.

Environmental Protection provides effective pollution control equipment stand alone or as part of an integrated thermal package for all VOC and HAP abatement needs.

Spooner Industries was established by Ilkley resident, William Wycliffe Spooner in 1932. Initially developed for the textile industry, Mr Spooner’s revolutionary inventions for industrial drying equipment were soon applied to other industries including paper, converting, metals and food.

Mr Spooner was 50 years old when he established Spooner Industries after spending a lifetime working as an engineer he decided the development of industrial drying equipment needed tackling in a scientific way.

He revolutionised the techniques of industrial drying in terms of speed and efficiency and eventually doubled the output of what had previously been achieved.

The first drying machines developed in the 1930’s for the textile industry were soon evolved to cater for the paper industry and by the late 40’s had been adjusted for the baking industry after Mr Spooner tested some bread on one of his dryers and discovered it not only tasted better but retained a longer shelf life.

Mr Spooner died in 1967 but worked well into his 80’s and was known to many as the ‘Industrial Peter Pan’.

Spooner is still privately owned and the same ‘Spooner Family’ work ethos is present at the £4million purpose built head quarters at the Railway Road site in Ilkley. Mr Spooner’s passion for innovation lives on with the continuous research and development of new products in the pilot facility within the new factory.

Today Spooner supply industrial ovens, dryers and coolers to clients around the world for processes including baking bread, converting non-woven materials, drying coated paper, curing paint onto metal strip and more recently reducing harmful emissions released into the air with the new environmental systems equipment range.

Spooner prides itself on the can-do attitudes of its 100+ employees to provide customers with bespoke, engineered solutions to meet their process and performance requirements on time and on budget. We have a very high level of repeat business and high scores in our customer satisfaction surveys due to the partnership approach that we adopt.

We constantly invest in state of the art engineering and business systems in order to ensure that we provide value for money and efficient processing of customer orders. Our design team use Autocad Inventor 3D CAD, and drawings can be transferred directly to the laser machine in our factory. With in-house manufacture, assembly and testing to high quality standards, we can ensure that factory acceptance tests can be carried out in a comprehensive manner prior to delivery to the customer’s site.

Spooner’s comprehensive test and R&D facility is available for customer trials, and is also used extensively by our own process engineers in order to make continuous improvements and developments so that Spooner remains at the forefront of technology.

Spooner's manufacturing facility is based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, part of the £4m purpose build facility which also includes a sophisticated test and R&D centre, modern office complex, conference facilities as well as the 4,500m2 factory space.

Spooner manufacture all industrial equipment bespoke and to specific customer requirements. Using the latest technologies including CAM Sytems, lazer profiling, CNC machining centres and flexible manufacturing systems. The factory also boasts a dedicated machine shop and modern spray booth.

All Spooner equipment is manufactured to the highest quality standards and transported around the world.