Fortex Limited was founded in 1972 and continues to have an enviable reputation as a leading European designer, manufacturer  and supplier of Production equipment principally for the production of Prototype or low volume quantities of Printed Circuit Boards and Photo Chemically Milled Etched Metal Parts.

Over the years Fortex has applied their Expertise in precision engineering to allow the development of a range of production equipment to meet the needs of customers that are typically Industrial Users including Electronics Manufacturers, Photo Fabrication and Photo Chemical Etching, Educational Establishments teaching Electronics , Sign Makers, Professional Model Kit Manufacturers and Engravers.

Fortex Machinery and Equipment is found worldwide in many Leading Educational Establishments including schools colleges, Universities, Cutting Edge Manufacturing Plants as well as research and development centres.  The majority of the equipment is manufactured and assembled in house in the UK based dedicated manufacturing facility.

Due to the companies on going commitment of quality, value and enviable customer service we are able to offer an unrivalled range of products and service into global markets.  Fortex exports worldwide through a network of sales representatives and service agents whom cover most Geographical areas, to communicate and service all of our customers needs.

Fortex Founded

1972

Fortex Founded

Fortex is founded providing various Precision Engineering Services

PCB Manufacturing

1973

PCB Manufacturing

Fortex start providing a PCB manufacturing Service

Pioneering Innovation: PCB Drilling Machine

1976

Pioneering Innovation: PCB Drilling Machine

Development work begins on a PCB Drilling Machine MK1

Fortex PCB Drilling Machine

1977

Fortex PCB Drilling Machine

The Fortex PCB Drilling Machine is released for general sale

Pioneering Innovation: Guillotine Shear

1978

Pioneering Innovation: Guillotine Shear

The Fortex 16.5” Guillotine Shear for cutting PCB Laminates, Plastics, Aluminium and Brass is released

Fortex Mark 2

1979

Fortex Mark 2

Fortex Mark 2 FX5 PCB Drilling Machine is released

Worldwide Exports

1980

Worldwide Exports

Fortex Products are now being exported Worldwide through a network of international agents.

Air-Driven Optical Drilling Machine

1980

Air-Driven Optical Drilling Machine

Fortex launches an Air driven Optical drilling machine with a spindle speed of 19000rpm

PCB Routing Machine

1980

PCB Routing Machine

Fortex FX5 PCB Routing Machine is released

UK Distributors

1980

UK Distributors

The largest Electronics Component distributors in the UK start stocking and selling Fortex Products

Type 45 Guillotine

1981

Type 45 Guillotine

Due to changes in the standard PCB sizes the Type 45 Guillotine is launched with a 18” 457mm capacity for cutting Printed Circuit board material

40,000rpm!

1982

40,000rpm!

Fortex expands the range of optical drilling machines with the release of a machine with a spindles speed of 40,000rpm

Pioneering Innovation: Motorised Roller Tinning Machine

1984

Pioneering Innovation: Motorised Roller Tinning Machine

A Motorised Roller Tinning Machine is developed, designed and released for sale with a range of innovative features such as Digital Temperature Display and Motor/Temperature Interlock

Dry Film Laminator

1985

Dry Film Laminator

Fortex Launches a 12”, 18” and 24” Dry Film Double sided hot roll Laminator which is well received in the Industry.

Automatic Stacking

1986

Automatic Stacking

Automatic Board stacking machine is released.

Pioneering Innovation: Board Drying Machine

1987

Pioneering Innovation: Board Drying Machine

An automated Board Drying Machine is released for Drying wet processed circuit boards using a unique system for the removal of capillary water trapped in the drilled circuit board holes.

Going faster!

1987

Going faster!

Fortex further expands the range of Air Driven Optical Drilling Machine with a spindle speed of 30-80,000. The machine is Electro Pneumatically operated, with a large optical display screen. The mirrors are uniquely adjusted to allow accurate alignment of the drill point to the centre of the screen.

Double Sided Gold Plating

1988

Double Sided Gold Plating

A Double Sided Gold Plating machine is released.

Spray Etching Machines

1989

Spray Etching Machines

Fortex start selling a range of automated Spray Etching Machines Modular in design giving a range different options.

Infra Red Heat

1995

Infra Red Heat

Fortex Launches a new range of Series One Laminators with Infra Red Heaters inside the heat rollers.

Eight Inch Guillotine

1997

Eight Inch Guillotine

Fortex  Designs and Launches a low cost Eight Inch Guillotine shear released for sale for cutting PCB Laminates, Plastics, Aluminium and Brass

Tacky Cleaning

2000

Tacky Cleaning

Fortex range of Tacky Cleaning rollers are released for sale with specially formulated silicone compound to give exceptional particle transfer supplied with corresponding Tacky Pads to remove debris from the rollers.

Mk2 Laminating

2001

Mk2 Laminating

Low cost MK2 Double Sided Dry Film Roll Laminating Machine is released with Infared non contact temperature control system

12 Inch Guillotine

2005

12 Inch Guillotine

Fortex Designs and Launches a low cost 12 Inch Guillotine shear for sale for cutting PCB Laminates, Plastics and thin sheet metal.

Photoplotter

2005

Photoplotter

Fortex Launches a range of low cost raster Photo plotters.

10k Sales

2006

10k Sales

To date over 10,000 Type 45 18” PCB Guillotine shears have being sold, along with 7,000 FX5 High speed PCB drilling Machines

40 Years!

2012

40 Years!

Fortex celebrates 40 years of Pioneering innovation designing and manufacturing for the PCB and related industries.

Relocation, Relocation

2014

Relocation, Relocation

Fortex is relocated to a new UK based dedicated manufacturing facility for Manufacturing the Fortex range of Products and ancillaries.