News


2022

April

Buy-Out of A.E. Harris & Co (Birmingham) Ltd

On 29th April 2022, Jerry Smith and David Cattanach completed the management buy-out of A.E. Harris & Co (Birmingham) Ltd which incorporates the Chapman Driver Seating business and Commercial Handrail Systems business. The business will continue as before with a major focus on driver seating and hand rail systems for the bus market. Over the next 6-12 months there will be some slight changes to the web sites of the various divisions and we are booked to exhibit at this year's Euro Bus Expo at the NEC where we will be showing our latest range of products.




2020

March

New Location, New Look Website

Welcome to our new look web site. We will be fine tuning this over the coming months to improve the user experience. If you have any questions or would like to see other information on here, please contact us at sales@chapmandriverseating.com.

With effect from 30th March, we will be moved in to our new premises in West Bromwich. After 55 years based in the Jewellery Quarter in central Birmingham, we have now acquired a 40,000 square foot unit on the Lyng Industrial Estate. All contact telephones are unchanged.

         


2019

November

Coach & Bus Live

 

         


2018

Euro Bus Expo

 

         


2017

October

Coach and Bus Live UK 2017

Following another successful show at the NEC Birmingham last week, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit our stand. We will be following up on the many enquiries over the next few weeks, but if you didn't get a chance to speak to us, please send us an email or give us a call! Alongside our usual driver seat range, we also exhibited a bar-stool version of our traditional seat alongside an innovative range of furniture suitable for the home or office. These are totally unique and received a lot of interest throughout the show. If you would like to find out more about any of our products then please get in touch..

         


2016

November

Euro Bus Expo

Thank you to everyone who came to visit us on our stand at Euro Bus Expo 2016. Our 'new' vintage car was certainly a show stopper and once again we had some amazing feedback on our stand! Our new range of bespoke office seating went down a treat too. It's been another successful show!

         

May

Euro Bus Expo

Once again we will be exhibiting at Euro Bus Expo 2016 between 1st - 3rd November at Biminghams NEC. You can find us on Stand B88. We will be showcasing new products, demonstrating the latest in design and innovation. Come along to discuss our products and find out more about our driver seats and office chairs.

   


2015

September

Coach & Bus Live

Coach & Bus Live 2015 allowed us to showcase some of our new seating designs and products as well as our new range of office seating. Once again the show was a great success for us with a substantial number of visitors to the stand. Our new product catalogue was also launched which went down well with new and existing customers. We look forward to exhibiting at Euro Bus Expo 2016. Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us on our stand!

         

Coach & Bus Live

Chapman Driver Seating would like to announce that they will be attending the Coach and Bus Live exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on 30th September and 1st October 2015. Come and see our range of products at stand F3.

   


2014

November

Euro Bus Expo

Euro Bus Expo 2014 was a great success for us and we feel it has been our most successful and most productive show to date. Our stand was most certainly our best yet - it received a lot of attention by visitors to the show. Our new range of trim designs and office chairs went down really well and we had a busy 3 days at the show! Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us on our stand!

         

October

Euro Bus Expo

Chapman Driver Seating are pleased to announce that they will once again be exhibiting at the Euro Bus Expo show at the NEC, Birmingham on 4th to 6th November 2014. Come and see our range of products at stand B88.

   


2013

November

Coach and Bus Live

Another successful trip to Coach and Bus Live with another display of seats available from Chapmans.

   


2012

Euro Bus Live

Chapman enjoyed a great few days at Euro Bus Expo this November with a display seats from their range.

   


2011

October

Coach and Bus Live

Picture (left): David Cattanach, Jerry Smith and Greg Stevens
Chapman enjoyed a busy few days at Coach and Bus Live where they displayed a selection of complete seats from their range. "Despite the bad news surrounding the UK economy, we were delighted with the quality and quantity of visitors to the show as well as the positive nature of the enquiries" commented David Cattanach.

      

February

Milton Keynes Site Closure

Following the sale of the Chapman business to A E Harris in August 2010 and the subsequent closure of the Milton Keynes site in October 2010, we are pleased to report that the business is now fully integrated with the A E Harris business and has settled in well at their new home in Birmingham. Many of the metal-based sub-assemblies have been brought in-house and we are still well on target for the complete manufacture of the driver seats in-house by March 2011.




2010

November

Euro Bus Expo

Chapman had their largest stand yet at this premier event for the bus industry. On display were a range of complete seats and components from the Chapman range and the stand was very busy for most of the show. This was the first show since the sale of the business to A.E. Harris and the photograph includes their Chairman, Russell Luckock and Managing Director, John Sloyan. David Cattanach and Jerry Smith, now directors of the merged business, commented that the show was a complete success and the quality of the visitors was excellent. Chapman have already booked their place at Coach and Bus Live 2011 and will be on stand F33.

   

August

Merge Agreement

The directors are delighted to announce that on Friday 27th August, a deal was concluded to sell the entire share capital of Chapman Driver Seating to Pingrade Ltd, the holding company for A. E. Harris & Co (Birmingham) Ltd. Over the next few months, the Chapman business will be merged with A E Harris but will continue to trade as Chapman Driver Seating. A. E. Harris is a long-established business based in Birmingham (www.aeharris.co.uk) who will bring additional technical and financial support to Chapman Driver Seating allowing Chapman to continue developing their current product range. The directors of Chapman Driver Seating will transfer to A. E. Harris and will continue to run the Chapman business going forward. During October, it is intended to transfer the manufacturing business from Milton Keynes to A E Harris's Birmingham factory and we hope to do this with the minimum of disruption to our customers.




2009

October

Coach & Bus Live

Another great show at Coach and Bus Live this year.

   


2007

Coach & Bus Live

Another successful year with Coach and Bus Live and another display of seats available from Chapmans.

      

February

Chapman receives registration to BS EN ISO 9001:2000

It is with great pleasure we announce that following an intense two day review by the BSi we have gained registration to BS EN ISO 9001:2000. Jerry Smith, Director of Chapman Driver Seating commented: "Awards like this do not just happen. We have been working on our systems and processes for nearly three years, and I would like to thank all of our staff who have worked hard to achieve this award. There was no pressure from our customers to achieve this standard; the driver was purely an internal one. We realised that if we were to grow and maintain our product and service excellence, enjoyed by our customers today, our staff needed a framework in which to work. This 'standard' had all the ticks in all the right boxes. Businesses must constantly learn; we all make mistakes but learning from them is important. Making a mistake can also be costly, but making the same mistake more than once is not acceptable. Good business systems should aid the learning process. We have spent considerable time developing Standard Operating Procedures, selected the right suppliers, and training our staff to ensure that our processes are correct and repeatable every time to ensure our customers receive a quality product and service."

   


2006

November

Euro Bus Expo 2006

Chapman will again be exhibiting at the NEC during the Euro Bus Expo 2006 show from 7th to 9th November. You can find us in Hall 5, Stand A86 All of the established Chapman products will be on display along with some new products currently in development. Picture Left: David Cattanach, Jerry Smith and John Turton, Chairman of Carlyle Bus & Coach.

      

September

Carlyle Bus & Coach

The directors of Chapman are delighted to announce that they have agreed a three year deal with Carlyle Bus & Coach to be their exclusive distributor of Chapman products to the aftermarket sector. Chapman and Carlyle have worked closely over the last few years and Carlyle now stock a complete range of Chapman products available for next day delivery.



July

Sears

Following successful tests at MIRA, Sears suspensions are now the preferred choice for Chapman. The management team have been reviewing alternatives for suspension systems for some time and Sears have been found to meet the robust and reliable requirements that Chapman have become renowned for. A number of new products will be on display at the November Euro Bus Expo 2006 show at the NEC.



June

David Faulkner

David Faulkner, one of the 3 founder members of Chapman Driver Seating leaves the company by mutual agreement to pursue other business and personal interests. David will remain as a minority shareholder in the business.



January

Bus Éireann

Chapman secure the contract to supply Transport Components in Dublin with 700 driver seats complete with seat-belts tested to M3 for a major retro-fit project with Bus Éireann. This is part of a major campaign by Bus Éireann to upgrade their school bus fleet in advance of new legislation expected later this year.




2005

September

Shows

Chapman Driver Seating will be exhibiting at: EFE Showbus International on Sunday September 18th at Duxford Coach & Bus Live at the NEC on October 5th & 6th - come and visit us in Hall 18 stand C220 All of the established products and several new ideas will be available at both events.



April

3 point integrated seat belt test success

Chapman achieve an ECE14 M2 pass on their integrated 3 point seat belt unit at MIRA. This was spurred on by customers who were keen to pursue this high standard of safety. The unit passed vehicle testing on the Alexander Dennis School Bus project in May 2005 - production orders now with Chapman for this popular marque. Further potential exists in the coach market for this unit - a major step forward!




2004

September

Major new contract

First Group retain Chapman Driver Seating on new vehicles - significant new contracts with Wrightbus, Scania, East Lancs Coach Builders and others start to come through. Chapman team seen as a viable, progressive group. All supply lead times achieved, focus on quality and continuous improvement well received by customers.



January

OIC acquires Chapman Brand (non-rail)

Chapman Driver Seating set up in new Milton Keynes site. The Directors of OIC - David Faulkner, Jerry Smith and David Cattanach take their considerable skills and experience into this new venture picking up on the long established Chapman brand for non-rail applications. With an emphasis on the urban bus market several major customers immediately pick up with the new company maintaining continuity of supply of robust driver seat assemblies.