THE MIRAGE STORY
Born from a passion for motorcycling, Mirage has grown from a family business to a successful global company.
George Silk establishes Silk Engineering - manufacturer of the Silk range of motorcycles.
OIL & GAS
Driven to take things further, George and the team take the bold step of applying their proven engineering expertise to the oil, gas and energy sectors. The outcome is the Silk range of portable machine tools.
The success of the Silk machines draws the attention of international group ‘Furmanite’, who buy the company.
MIRAGE IS FOUNDED
The Silk team’s desire to innovate continues and ‘Mirage Machines’ is established as a separate entity.
The first Mirage flange facing machines hit the production line. These improve on previous designs through patented ‘power-feed’ tool posts, and the ability to machine internal bores.
MORE NEW PRODUCTS
Innovation continues with the launch of portable machines for milling, drilling and pipe cutting.
Mirage develops a unique range of orbital milling machines designed for the wind power and shipbuilding industries.
HOT TAPPING MACHINES
Launch of a pioneering range of Hot Tapping machines robust enough for high pressure applications.
ACTEON BUYS MIRAGE
Mirage joins subsea services group ‘Acteon’ To support global expansion. In the following years, Mirage opens facilities in the USA, Singapore and Australia.
NEW SITE AIDS EXPANSION
To meet the increased demand for products, Mirage relocates to a bigger site in Derby. The expansion continues in 2014 with an additional building used for administration office and warehousing.
A NEW BEGINNING
Mirage joins Actuant Corporation - a $1.2bn industrial company and leaders in a broad range of niche industrial markets.
Mirage Machines continues its journey as an innovative manufacturer with the original family ties still existing under the site leadership of George’s Silk’s son Richard. Under new owners Actuant, the company is set for further international growth, fuelled by increased global coverage through Actuant's 'Enerpac' Tools and Services Network , investment in new product development and company- wide process enhancement initiatives.