We Help You To Do More
Our distinctive blend of innovation and experience has enabled Esprit Automation to move from a university-based research project in 1986 to the leading British manufacturer of CNC cutting machines. We deliver machines that are built to last with exceptional quality, first-class service support, engineering expertise, and the flexibility to meet our customers needs. All Esprit machines are 100% British-made and we installed over 1500 cutting machines in more than 30 countries worldwide.
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Since the creation of Esprit more than 30 years ago, our vision has been to empower our customers to do more with our innovation in products and services.
Minimizing the operational downtime of your machines and offering fast and efficient service when needed have always been key elements of the Esprit brand.
Partnership With Hypertherm
In 1990, Esprit Automation selected Hypertherm as its exclusive partner for plasma cutting systems; years on, the relationship is as strong as ever and the two companies work closely together to develop more tightly integrated solutions to achieve higher levels of precision, better cut quality, improved reliability, and lower running costs.
Our design engineers work closely with the Hypertherm team to ensure our CNC plasma cutting machines are always at the forefront of technology. In fact, Hypertherm even uses our Lightning HD Esprit machines in their European Demonstration Center in Rosendaal, the Netherlands, to perform demonstrations and cutting examples for customers.
Esprit Automation was founded by Geoff Smith and Andrew Cooke in 1986 following successful research and development work conducted whilst studying Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Initially, the business was established in Nottingham City Council
Established in Lenton, Nottingham, and initially supported by The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Support for Innovation scheme, Esprit Automation’s first steps broke new ground.
1987 – 1992
One year later, in 1987, Esprit Automation launched
The year 1988 saw the birth of the Lightning range of plasma cutting machines, and by the early 1990s Esprit had begun exporting internationally, to countries including Singapore, Malaysia,
Amidst fierce competition, Hypertherm was chosen to be Esprit’s exclusive supplier of plasma cutting systems, forming a close partnership that continues to the present day.
A year after the move in 1992, Esprit launched the Lightning H plasma cutting machine with great success. The Lightning H lived up to its name, with its options for multiple plasma and gas torches providing lightning speed and productivity previously unseen in the market. Shortly after, it was joined by the Lightning D, a light fabrication and ductwork machine.
1995 – 1997
The HD Plasma Revolution
With the introduction of the high-definition plasma cutting process in 1995, the landscape of plasma cutting evolved dramatically. Rising to meet the challenge, Esprit unveiled the Lightning HD.
A revolutionary high-definition machine, the Lightning HD immediately took the market by storm. With its high speed, acceleration, rigidity, and smooth, precise motion control, it became the benchmark for precision plasma-cutting tables – a position the latest generation of the machine still holds in the present day.
1998 – 2000
1998 saw the ever-expanding Esprit acquire Plackett Mill in Sandiacre, Nottingham. A former lace mill on a two-acre site, Plackett Mill became Esprit’s head office and manufacturing facility.
The following year in 1999, Esprit launched the Arrow, designed specifically for the HVAC and sheet metal industries. Launched to immediate success, the Arrow’s enduring popularity has seen it installed in every corner of the globe.
2000 saw the launch of the Viper. Created for resilience in the most demanding environments, the heavy-duty workhouse was designed to run without pause – and without sacrifice in quality. Fittingly, the first-ever Viper is still in operation to this very day!
2003 – 2013
New Family Members
Three years later in 2003, the Cobra was added to the line, making precision plasma-cutting and flexible gas-cutting accessible to workshops of all sizes and scales.
The highly successful Lightning range saw a new addition in 2011 with the launch of the Lightning S, adding the flexibility of multiple plasma and gas torches to the range’s signature speed and precision.
The strong platform of the heavy-duty Viper gave rise to another innovation in 2013, with the introduction of the
Esprit machines are built to
Launched at MACH 2018, IRIS’s digital dashboard provides an insight into real-time operations, providing not only a significant increase in uptime through machine
Today, with over 1500 Esprit machines installed in over 30 countries around the world, Esprit continues to push the boundaries of plasma cutting technology, with key partnerships with Hypertherm, Bosch, THK, and other valuable partners.
From machines that lead the industry in speed, precision, and durability to reliable first-class customer support, Esprit has one goal: to enable you to do more.
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