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About Witter Towbars
The company is formed by Colin Witter
In 1950 the company Witter Towbars was founded by the late Colin Witter operating from a converted cottage in Chester. Colin saw an opportunity to meet the growing demand for easy to fit towing brackets for caravan and trailer owners who benefited from the increased leisure time in post-war Britain.
The company moved to Canal Side in Chester
By now the Witter Trademark had been registered and a reputation had been established that would sustain the company for the next 60+ years. The company had out grown its original premises and moved to an industrial buildings on the canal side within Chester, gradually expanding to adjacent buildings over the following years.
Move from Canal Side to existing premises in Deeside
In 1997 after 40 years in business the company moved from the Canal side in Chester to the large modern industrial premises located on Deeside Industrial Park. The move allowed for a big expansion of the factory so to towbars could be manufactured on a larger scale and more efficiently.
Type Approval of Towbars was introduced
In 1998 Type approvals were first introduced meaning all towbars manufactured now had to be approved by the VCA for quality purposes. However, Witter introduced the first type approved UK Towbar in 1995 for SsangYong Musso showing how Witter Towbars has always been at the forefront of the industry.
WebFit programme was released
Before 2007 Witter Towbars had only dealt with trade stockists and saw an opportunity to be able to deal with the end user as well. The WebFit online towbar selling system, allowed Witter to sell their towbars for a fully fitted price to the general public and as a fully guaranteed product. The WebFit programme continued to grow and Witter now have a nationwide array of Witter recommended Fitters who can fit their towbars.
Introduction of 3 axis Carlos test rig 2015
As part of continuous efforts to drive innovation and development Witter Towbars installed and commissioned a state of the art 3 Axis test machine in 2015 at their premises in Deeside. The new test rig is capable of multi axial tow bar tests using 3 load directions, with simultaneously introduced forces, as defined by the Carlos TC loading sequence. Each axis, is capable of being driven independently to allow standard Regulation 55.01 testing and also other unspecified forms of static and dynamic load testing.
If you were having a towbar fitted around 1950 the chances are you would have visited your local blacksmith!
However, with the passing of the chassis in car construction and the rapidly increasing interest in caravanning and trailers, the towing bracket had to come of age.
It was Colin Witter, the company's founding father, who identified the growing need for a well designed and engineered product that could be made available to the general towing public.
His vision led to the creation of Britain's largest manufacturer of towbars with over six million distributed, through a nationwide network of over 250 Witter specialists.