About Us - an award winning company focused on intelligent engineering and rigorous quality management
We enjoy new challenges. We enjoy working hard on them and we aspire to be ambitious in the projects we take on, the challenges we address and the companies and organisations we work with.
We launched Zikodrive because we believe that there are no problems that cannot be solved with the careful application of creativity, determination and ambition.
We are proud to be a UK based electronic engineering company that manufactures in the UK and designs and develops new components in the UK. We are proud to export our products and services around the world and enjoy working closely with companies across the globe.
Our focus is on delivering the best possible motor control solution for your application. By best we don’t just mean delivering the technical performance you want, we mean delivering the technical performance you want, in a package that works for your product design. We work closely with OEMs and manufacturers in a wide range of industries so we understand what is required to be competitive in these areas. We also understand the importance of building flexibility into designs wherever possible to enable you to exceed your customer’s expectations.
Our focus is on continually developing the two strands of the business. The first relates to developing flexible stock motor control solutions that can be used in a wide range of applications. We work closely with key customers to develop this technology and design in as many options as possible to the technology.
The second major strand of the business is our custom design and development section. We work hard here to continuously improve our lead times, prototyping options and general quality management procedures. We use an integrated IT system to manage projects, keep you informed and carefully manage the stages of the project.
In addition to this, all manufacturing is carried out under the AS9100 Quality Management system.
We are privately owned so have no pressure from external shareholders wanting us to make quick money to pay large dividends. Instead we focus on growing the business by developing new ideas, building excellent, trusting relations with all our customers and by developing new employees and staff.
The company is split between two main locations. The head office and distribution centre is based on Cragg Vale, an offshoot of the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. The area is well known for its industrial heritage, being a key site in the Industrial Revolution with a proud history of engineering – we always recommend a visit to the Calderdale Industrial Museum (https://calderdaleindustrial.co.uk/ ) for those interested in finding out a bit more about this history.
The R and D and test facilities are based in Somerset.
Stock motor controllers are widely available from Ebay and hobby versions through to £2000+ Robotics Drivers. Equally, there are a broad range of design houses and electronics specialists who can offer custom designed motor controllers.
So how are we any different?
- Firstly, we make custom programming motor controllers really easy. We don’t just ship the controllers and charge you for software. We will setup the controller as you require it (if you want to programme it yourself we will obviously let you!). Just tell us what you need and we will get it ready for you.
- Exceptional lead times for customisation – we are not a generic electronics design house – we specialise in motor control. That, and our extensive library of pre-existing designs, means we can get you up and running faster than anyone else.
- Exceptional development fees. Because we have such a large database of relevant designs it takes us a lot less time to complete your new design project. Less time = reduce design fees.
- A relentless focus on quality. Despite offering competitive design and unit prices we continually invest in quality. The fact that all our controllers are manufactured under the AS9100 QM system shows this.
- Full UK design and manufacturing. All design and manufacturing of Zikodrive Motor Controllers takes place in the UK. Why? Because we believe the quality achieved by doing this is well worth it and also because we are passionate about growing UK manufacturing as a key means of job creation.
Zikodrive Motor Controllers are manufactured in the UK but they are exported globally to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.
We typically work with OEMs, product designers and manufacturers in a range of industries with our motor controllers being used in a number of applications from pumps and laboratory equipment to audio equipment and more (discover some of the applications that Zikodrive Motor Controllers are being used in.).
Our focus is on delivering technical, energy and financial efficiency by offering you the perfect motor control solution for your application. This means you’re not wasting money on components and features you don’t need or time on setting these controllers up. We make the life of product designers and OEMs easier and simpler by providing the exact motor control solution, pre-set and ready to install. Whether this is from one of our stock range of motor controllers or from a custom or bespoke designed motor controller, we can achieve the same result.
You can visit our online motor control shop to buy online or if you have any specific requirements please contact us direct to discuss your requirements.
The company was formally started in 2012 by university friends Graham Fick and Phil Bates in response to a rising demand for customisable and technically capable stepper and brushless DC motor control. Graham had a strong background in motor control engineering whilst Phil had previous experience in project management, marketing and business.
Since then we have gone on to continually develop our range of brushless DC motor controllers and stepper motor controllers and we now export these all around the world. The company has grown strongly since its launch and has rapidly expanded its customisation and bespoke design services as well as the stock range of motor controllers offered.
We believe strongly in social and environmental responsibility and are committed to providing opportunities in the Calder Valley and wider area.
We are proud to support local organisations such as the Watermark Flood Resilience Campaign.
Put simply, we design and manufacture motor controllers. We have a standard stock or ‘off the shelf’ range of motor controllers which we can supply with a range of motors. Customisation and bespoke design motor controllers is a huge part of what we do as a company. We also offer a custom programming and customisation service for our stock range of controllers. This enables you to quickly request hardware or firmware changes to standard stock motor controllers. These can be as simple as dimension changes or as complex as introducing a new communications interface or adding specific features.
Our OEM service includes full bespoke motor controller design and a white label, custom branding service. For those applications where it is not possible or cost effective to make the changes you may need, we offer a bespoke motor control design service. We are passionate about creating high quality, reliable motor control solutions. That’s why all of our production motor controllers are made in the UK under the AS9100 Quality Management System.
We work with a range of different companies all around the world but we have retained our base in the Calder Valley in the North of England. Why? Because the Calder Valley is a fabulous place to live and work with a strong and proud industrial past that is starting to grow strongly again.
Our team has been recognised at a number of national and local business awards for technical and business excellence.