Company History


Company setup in 2012 by university friends Graham Fick and Phil Bates to deliver motor control solutions to a wide range of customers


After focusing predominantly on custom projects, Zikodrive launches the first of a standard range of controllers at the end of 2015.


Following a successful launch of the first incarnation of the Zikodrive range, Head of Design Graham Fick is recognised at the Motion Control Industry Awards by winning Engineer of the Year.


Work continues in 2018 on a range of custom projects with the team expanding further and plans put in place to move into manufacturing controllers.


The company moves premises in order to setup a dedicated production line. The first setup is a relatively simple setup but enables the company to cut lead times significantly and offer enhanced value to customers. Partly as a result of the work done in setting this up, as well as winning several large contracts from European customers, co-founder Phil Bates is recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year at the Halifax Courier Business Awards.


As with a lot of companies, 2020 proved a difficult year with the Covid pandemic having a major impact on the company’s plans. The company is heavily involved in supplying controllers to key industries in the fight against Covid to drive a range of dispensers, sanitisers and other related equipment. As a result of contininuously rising demand, the company significantly expands the workforce, training programme and also sets up a new dedicated manufacturing facility in Halifax, West Yorkshire to improve quality and increase capacity.