Our History

ATP ATRS was founded in 1969 by Alan Smart. The company’s roots lie in Alan’s fascination with American cars and recognising that there was a niche market for repairing automatic transmissions. The former coal mining engineer Alan started work from the kitchen floor.

The business has since evolved considerably from a garage operation to an award-winning, a state-of-the-art remanufacturing business.

To support the developing material handling sector, ATP Industrial Transmissions Ltd. was incorporated in 1980 and in 1985 ATP Electronics was launched to carry out the repair of ECU’s which at that time were very much in their infancy.

Since those early beginnings ATP Group has evolved and grown into a market leading, world class remanufacturing company with a global presence and an enviable client list including Ford, Volvo, Fiat-Chrysler, Aston Martin, JCB and many others.

Today, ATP employs almost 200 staff and exports to over 35 countries worldwide from 3 sites located in the UK, China and the USA.

1969 – ATP Automatic Transmission Repair Services (ATP ATRS) is founded in Hednesford, Staffordshire
1974 – Secures first OEM remanufacturing contract with Jaguar
1980 – ATP Industrial Transmissions Ltd. is incorporated
1985 – ATP Electronics is founded
1995 – ATP China is set up in Zhuhai near Hong Kong to repair local transmissions
2004 – ATP ATRS receives accreditation to TS16949 and ISO14001, a world first for a remanufacturer
2010 – ATP acquires PTM Inc. a US based test equipment manufacturer.
2011 – ATP move to a new facility and significant investment in Cannock Wood brings ATP ATRS, ATP Electronics and ATP Off Highway under a single roof
2012 – Dual clutch transmissions are recognised as a game changing product and development of a new test strategy is undertaken
2013 – ATP secures first independent remanufacturing contract for a dual clutch transmission
2013 – Alan Smart’s contribution to remanufacturing is recognised with the ReMaTecRemanufacturer of the Year Award
2014 – ATP China achieves TS16949 accreditation, another first in the region.
2015 – ATP wins Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Business Award for Manufacturer of the Year
2015 – Visitors to ATP include HRH the Duke of Kent, the Rt Hon. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
2015 – ATP signs a memorandum of understanding with Staffordshire University to build international relationships in remanufacturing
2016 – ATP is honoured and proud to be recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation category for developing the dual clutch transmission final test rig.
2016 – Another accolade, this time the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Award for Excellence in International Business.
2019 – Purchased by ATC Drivetrain, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.