About Us

About us
Supplier of Bespoke Engineering Solutions

Challenger Group provides bespoke engineering solutions, manufacturing a comprehensive selection of products, ranging from hydraulic cylinders and balers, to roller conveyors and reconditioned equipment, to suit the diverse needs of our clients. We supply machinery and equipment to a range of industries, offering customisation and optional features to tailor each product to the unique needs of every business.

Challenger Group operates across five core divisions, all of which benefit from a wealth of in-house expertise. Through these divisions, we offer dedicated design, manufacturing, and aftersales services. This allows us to ensure that all equipment meets the exacting standards of a diverse range of applications, across all industry sectors on an international scale.

Experts in designing, manufacturing, and maintaining industrial equipment and machinery.
Our Brands
Specialist Divisions within the Challenger Group

Challenger Group is home to six divisions. Each team specialises in providing high quality, bespoke engineering solutions. We have close relationships with a number of businesses and suppliers, some of which also form part of Challenger Group.

Challenger Handling

Synonymous with high quality engineering solutions, specialising in design, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance.

Challenger Hydraulics

A manufacturer of bespoke hydraulic cylinders and components, serving a number of industries with unique requirements.

Comet Fluid Power

Stockist of a wide range of hydraulic hoses and fittings from market leading suppliers.

CFP Hydraulic Systems

Designer and manufacturer of hydraulic powerpacks, systems, and components.

SSI Shredders

The world leader in the design & manufacturing of industrial shredders & systems, primary reducers, and transfer station compactors.

UHL Tyre Handler

Since merging with CFP, both brands work together to design, manufacture, and supply Earthmover Tyre Handlers and Hydraulic Power Packs.

ISO 9001 Certification
Quality Management Systems Certified

Challenger Group has achieved ISO 9001 quality standard certification for four of our divisions. This award demonstrates our commitment to providing customers with consistent, good-quality products, and services.

We are continually working to refine our internal processes. That’s why we are able to work with over 300 active international clients, with some businesses relying on our services for over 25-years.

Because of our expertise and quality customer service, we have secured an exclusive agreement with SSI Shredders, a leading industrial machinery manufacturer, to act as their sole agent in the UK, Ireland, and parts of Europe.

The brands that form part of Challenger Group hold further certification Quality Management. Certificates can be viewed on the individual brand profiles.

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Our History
Follow the key milestones from our decades long history

We have an extensive history providing professional, bespoke engineering solutions for a variety of industries. Since 1988, our operation has steadily grown, allowing us to expand our services and establish offices in a number of locations.

Challenger Hydraulics Established

Challenger Hydraulics Limited was founded by Samuel Pepper and commenced trading in 1988.

Initially operating from premises in Dewsbury, Challenger Hydraulics focuses on manufacturing hydraulic cylinders.

Challenger Manufacturing Ltd Established

In 1992, Challenger Manufacturing Limited was formed by Samuel Pepper, Richard Green, and John Shaw. Trading under the name of Comet Fluid Power, this group also operates from the premises in Dewsbury, manufacturing a vast range of hydraulic hoses and fittings.

Challenger Handling Established

Challenger Handling Limited was established by Samuel Pepper and Richard Green.

Based in Hull, Challenger Handling initially focused on the design and manufacturing of conveyor equipment, but soon expanded to include baling equipment, hydraulic crushers and compactors, developed in partnership with Challenger Hydraulics.

New Site In Dewsbury

The Company purchased its current site in Dewsbury, which
was subsequently extended to accommodate further growth.

Expansion to Hull

As it continued to expand, the Company acquired its current premises on Warwick Street in Hull, further enhancing its presence in the region.

Acquisition of CFP

C.F.P. Hydraulic Systems Limited was acquired by Samuel
Pepper and Richard Green, and became part of the Challenger Group in 2011.

Appointed as the Sole Agent for SSI Shredding Systems

Challenger Handling Limited was appointed as the sole agent for SSI Shredding Systems in the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe.

Additionally, the Company acquired its South Yard property, which was amalgamated with its Warwick Street site.

Organisational Changes

John Shaw’s shares were acquired by the current shareholders, with Shaw Cross (Property) Limited being founded to hold the Dewsbury property and Warwick Street Limited being set up to hold the Hull property

Acquisition of Universal Hydraulics Limited

Universal Hydraulics Limited was acquired by Samuel Pepper and Richard Green, with Challenger also acquiring its current Chesterfield site.

The group’s profit exceeded £1 million for the first time.

Challenger Group Became Employee Owned

In 2022, The Challenger Group transferred 100% of the company’s shares Warwick Street Holdings Ltd Employee Ownership Trust.

Sam Pepper and Richard Green, owners of the group explained their reasoning.

“This move recognises the value that our teams have delivered over the years, and it is a very exciting opportunity for each individual to take a pivotal role as the businesses progress.

“Creating a great place to work is fundamental to our business principles, and we’re very excited about the next stage of the journey.”

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