Back in the last century Elkay was a brand that was part of Smiths Group, a large British multinational, diversified engineering business headquartered in London. The brand back then sold enclosures, cable glands, connectors, terminal blocks and time switches including the Columbus Pneumatic time lag switch.


In 2002, Smiths Group sold the business via a management buyout to Volution Holdings who later sold its Cable Management business including Elkay to another management buyout called Cable Management Products Ltd. The Cable Management businesses supplied conduit systems, cable glands and other electrical control accessories, under the trading names Adaptaflex, Kopex and Elkay.

In 2008, Elkay was separated from the cable glands and terminal blocks and became an energy saving switches and controls brand. In 2009, Paul Onyett joined the business and after Thomas & Betts, a US based electrical product manufacturer had acquired the Cable Management Products Ltd company in 2010, Paul found himself heading up the business based in Coleshill, Birmingham.

In 2012, ABB acquired Thomas and Betts and Paul continued to manage the business and added other brands Royce Thompson and the Intelligent products in ABB’s Emergency Lighting division sold around the globe.

In August 2019, ABB decided to divest the Elkay business away and after many interested parties for the business came forwards the eventual and successful purchasers were Brook Design Hardware Ltd (BDH Ltd) who successfully acquired the rights to the Elkay brand and, from the 1st of October 2020, began supplying and distributing the entire Elkay range of energy saving switches and controls.

Elkay is known the world over for its quality time switches and sensor products. It has ambitious plans to expand its range, respected reputation and global reach.

Brook Design Hardware Ltd owns Brookvent and makes energy saving ventilation systems. Brookvent was founded in 1984 by an entrepreneurial engineer, who set a benchmark in the industry with an innovative ‘concealed trickle’ window vent. Since then, the ethos within Brookvent has been to invest heavily in R&D and continually produce innovative, Energy Saving Ventilation Systems including award winning MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery) products

Now along with Elkay in its portfolio the BDH Ltd business focus will be energy saving products for the future.