Numatic International Limited
|Headquarters||Chard, Somerset, United Kingdom|
Numatic International Limited is a British company with a large manufacturing facility located in Chard, Somerset in south-west England. Numatic manufactures a range of domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning and maintenance equipment for distribution worldwide; and incorporates wholly owned distributors in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. The company employs over 700 people, and produces 4500 units per day, over 40% of which are for export. Numatic is solely owned by its founder, Chris Duncan, who created the prototype for its flagship "Henry" vacuum cleaner in 1968.
Numatic manufactures a number of products, including a range of vacuum cleaners, aimed at both commercial and domestic markets. It is one of the major producers of vacuum cleaners in the UK.
One of Numatic's most popular products is a vacuum cleaner called Henry, which is easily distinguishable by the large smiling face on the front of the canister (there are two screen printed eyes and a mouth, and the vacuum's hose forms its nose). The idea for the name and design of the logo and smiling face with bowler hat was conceived by Graphic Designer, Michael Walsh FCSD and adopted by Numatic. Since the introduction of Henry in 1981, over 7 million have been produced worldwide.
Since Henry's original release in 1980, a whole family of vacuum cleaners has been introduced in different sizes and colours and with different specifications and uses (including a wet and dry model and a multi-functional wet/dry and carpet shampoo cleaner). All the original series were named after members of the British royal family, but Numatic have since diverted away from this. The current 2010 range are:
Henry, Hetty, Harry, James, Charles, George and Numatic (unnamed vacuum cleaner).
Numatic have also made many vacuum cleaners differing from the 2010 range. Many of them are not sold as of April 2013. The Henry and Hetty vacuum cleaners have also gone beyond vacuum cleaners. They have since 2010 expanded to desktop cleaners, toys, spray mops, boxes, office file holders and a specially made Airo-Brush head has been made for the Henry. When the Henry vacuum cleaner was first released in 1980, consumer had a sticker placed on the Henry. This meant they had to register to the company for insured life of the vacuum. Accessories include stainless steel tubes, HepaFlo dirt bags, an upholstery tool, a crevice tool, a Nuflex threaded hose, a double taper hose/full adapter, a Numatic Airo-Brush Head with rotating bristles, a soft dusting brush and an upholstery nozzle with a sliding brush.
As well as cylinder vacuum cleaners and carpet washers, Numatic also offers a range of VersaCare products and systems. One of the most notable VersaCare systems is an VCN1404 Mini, which is an excceptionally compact surface module designed to be used where the primary object is to clean and to be seen to be clean. This is the objective of mainly all the VersaCare systems, including the VCN1804 All Terrain, which has been developed from the ground up, giving high priority to exceptional mobility, constructional integrity and usability, with numerous optional facilities able to be added to extend the scope of the product to meet different requirements.
Reviews and criticism
Numatic products that have been reviewed by users on YouTube and other video sharing websites, have been given positively good results. As a result, some users have even uploaded videos of the Numatic Henry (HVR200) vacuuming up industrial waste, torture tests and hard duty with the Numatic Henry (older versions) and carpet cleaning with the Numatic George and other carpet cleaners made by Numatic.