We’re a small family-owned and family-run business based in Cambridge.
We were established in 1974 by Michael Williams whose background in agricultural engineering and inventive mind powered his enthusiasm for improving efficiency and automation in agriculture.
Nowadays, the Big Brute Industrial Vacuum Cleaners provide efficient, fast and safe cleaning in all industries around the world.
The Bangalore Bird Scarer is also a trusted name in crop protection amongst farmers throughout the UK.
All our products are British designed and made, here in our production facilities in Cambridge.
1974 - Michael Williams establishes his own company
Michael Williams Engineering Ltd was established in the midst of a recession by Michael Williams.
1982 - Bangalore Bird Scarer is born.
The Bangalore agricultural gas-powered bird scarer hits the market with its revolutionary electronic control.
1984 - Bangalore Bird Scarer wins national award
Bangalore bird scarer wins the Award of Merit in the Silver Medal Machinery Awards of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
We also move premises from Wenden’s Ambo to larger premises in Little Walden.
1986 - Big Brute is born
The Big Brute industrial vacuum cleaners are brought to the market.
1987 - John Williams joins the company
John Williams, Michael’s eldest son, joins the company. John remains the company’s chief design engineer and is now the Managing Director.
1997 - Big Brutes arrive down under
1999 - Big Brutes arrive across the Channel
Eric Vecten becomes the official Big Brute distributor in France
2003 - Move to bigger premises
We move premises from Little Walden to larger premises in Fulbourn, Cambridge
2005 - James Williams joins the company
James Williams, Michael’s youngest son, joins the company.
2008 - First Solar-Charging Bird Scarer
The Bangalore Broadside Mk 1, the solar powered Bangalore is born.
2009 - Big Brutes arrive in Denmark
Peter Larsson becomes the official Big Brute distributor in Denmark.
2010 - Robots join the production line
Our first two ABB Robots are installed in the production areas to help keep up with demand.
2015 - Big Brutes arrive across the Atlantic
Tom Cullen becomes the official Big Brute distributor in the USA.
Neville Jackson becomes the official Big Brute distributor in Canada.
Big Brutes gain UL certification.
2017 - Michael Williams dies
Michael Williams dies aged 76. He left behind Anne, his wife, John and James, his 2 sons, and his 2 grandchildren.
2018 - Bangalore Broadside Mk 2 is born
The Bangalore Broadside Mk 2, our most advanced bird scarer yet, hits the market.