• Automotive

    Gauges, Senders and Systems Designed and Manufactured for Niche Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Motorcycle Instruments

    Bespoke Instrument Design and Manufacture of new and heritage products
  • Marine Instruments

    Bespoke Round Gauge solutions for the specialist boat builder
  • Industrial

    Gauges for displaying pressure, vacuum and temperature and a bespoke design service

Automotive

Gauges, Senders and Systems Designed and Manufactured for Niche Vehicle Manufacturers

Motorcycles

Bespoke Instrument Design and Manufacture of new and heritage products

Marine

Bespoke Round Gauge solutions for the specialist boat builder.

Industrial

Gauges for displaying pressure, vacuum and temperature and a bespoke design service

Welcome to Caerbont Automotive Instruments Ltd

Caerbont Automotive Instruments Ltd (CAI) is an independent company in South Wales engaged in the design and manufacture of discrete car instruments, instrument clusters, senders, electronic control and interface modules and wiring harnesses for the specialist automotive and industrial markets.

CAI has its roots in the Smiths Motor Accessories business, a pioneer in the development of the UK Automotive Industry. In 1984 ownership moved to the Lucas Group and then to VDO before becoming an independent company following a management buyout in 1993.

CAI was the subject of a second management buyout in 2011 and has branched out into new markets with new products , including Motorcycle and Marine.

 

Read more on the History of CAI...

 

News & Updates

History of the Dashboard

25 April 2017

The term 'Dashboard' originated when there were horse-drawn carriages and evolved into the complex and also stylish dashboards seen in the cars of today.

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New SMITHS Vacuum Gauge Launched by CAI

19 April 2017

Caerbont Automotive Instruments Ltd (CAI) has launched a new low-energy vacuum gauge with SMITHS branding to measure the manifold vacuum in an engine.

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Aston Martin Owners Club Visit CAI

10 April 2017

On the Friday before the Aston Martin Owners Club Concours at St Athan, South Wales (9th April 2017), club members visited the CAI manufacturing facility in Abercrave, the home of SMITHS gauges. Smiths gauges feature in many classic Aston Martin cars.

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Specialist French Distributor for CAI

29 March 2017

VW specialist, Serial Kombi in France, joins the expanding CAI and SMITHS distribution network promoting and selling gauges for classic cars and motorcycles.

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Review of MCN London Motorcycle Show 2017

08 March 2017

CAI's Managing Director walks the MCN London Motorcycle Show (Excel 17-19 Feb 2017) and find what motorcycles are using CAI and SMITHS gauges.

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The First Smiths Speedometer for King Edward VII in 1904

27 February 2017

The first Smiths speedometer was made for King Edwards VII's Mercedes in 1904.

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