Our Heritage

In 2016, David Brown and Santasalo merged to create one of the world’s leading mechanical power transmission brands. As a new, truly global force in the gear industry, David Brown Santasalo now operates 7 major manufacturing plants and 23 service centres across 6 continents.

With almost 300 years of combined gear engineering leadership and substantial geographic expansion over the last decade into high growth countries such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, we are well positioned to serve our customers, wherever they are and whenever they need us.

A Rich Heritage of Engineering Brands

At the heart of our business is a rich gear engineering heritage encompassing many well-known brand names. These brands have given David Brown Santasalo the experience and knowledge that we use to drive value into our customers’ processes today.


We can provide gearbox service, repair and upgrades for all David Brown Santasalo heritage brands:

  • AEI (Associated Electric Industries)
  • ASEA
  • Benoni Engineering Works
  • Bostock and Bramley
  • BTH (British Thomson Houston)
  • David Brown
  • GEC Alstom Gears
  • GEC Marine & Industrial Gears
  • Hamworthy Transmissions
  • Hygate Transmissions
  • Jackson Gears
  • John Welsh
  • Maag Italia
  • Metso Drives
  • Metropolitan Vickers
  • Modern Wheel  Drive
  • Paramount Gears
  • Power Plant Gears
  • Rauma Repola
  • Sadi
  • Sala
  • Santasalo
  • Sonnerdale Richardson
  • Sauerwald
  • Turbine Gears
  • SAWA
  • Valmet Power Transmission
  • Weco