2018 Review of CAI News and Blogs

2018 has been another exciting year.  Over the twelve months, we have had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects.  We have designed and supplied gauges for AutoGyros, electric classic scooters, and the re-imagined Porsche 911 from Singer Vehicle Design.  In this blog, we review the stories that hit our headlines over the past twelve months.


We announced our support for the Year of Engineering.  The UK government had announced that in 2018 there would be the a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers.  We wanted to show our support and highlight how a career in engineering is both exciting and rewarding.


Caterham Cars celebrated their 60th birthday in 2017.  Throughout that time, they have been using SMITHS instruments.  We looked back at the history of Caterham Cars and their long term relationship with CAI and SMITHS.


In early April, CAI was visited by Kirsty Williams AM (Cabinet Secretary for Education for the National Assembly of Wales).  During her visit Kirsty was introduced to two of our apprentices, Amie Guy and Amanuel Oebretnjae.  Kirsty was particularly interested in speaking with Amy as she is keen to encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering.

The CAI design team work on a wide range of projects, but designing gauges for the Chimera Aviation AutoGyro was particularly special.  The AutoGyro, called The Dragon, is a compact and versatile aircraft.  The list of potential uses are extensive and include sports and in the military, especially for special forces.  The final gauges perfectly suited the style and look of The Dragon and featured the Chimera Aviation logo.  With the increased traffic on our roads, we wonder whether the AutoGyro will start to become a common sight in our skies.


We announced that we would be exhibiting classic gauges at the XK70 Jaguar Festival (June 2018).  The Jaguar XK Club was celebrating 70 years of the XK engine.  SMITHS gauges featured in all the classic models of the XK and it was fitting that the gauges would be on display at the festival.


As part of our support for the 2018 Year of Engineering, we talked about the importance of investing in apprenticeships.  Our four apprentices, Amie, Lewis, Amanuel and Curtis, explained their reasons for pursuing a career in engineering.  The interviews highlighted that exposure to engineering at an early age increases the likelihood of ultimately working in that sector.

After exhibiting at the XK70 Jaguar Festival, we reviewed the event and posted a selection of photographs of some of the amazing classic Jaguar cars on display.


SMITHS gauges would again be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  At the 4-day event, CAI was launching a new speedometer for the classic Series 1 Land Rover.  The event proved to be a great success and our team met motoring enthusiasts from all over the world.

The launch of the re-imagined Porsche 911 DLS by Singer Vehicle Design at the Goodwood Festival of Speed allowed CAI to showcase one of the most stunning gauges ever designed and built.  CAI manufactured all the gauges for this 'new' Porsche 911, but it was the gold-plated tachometer that stole the show.  An incredible project and one of the highlights of 2018.


Kirsty Williams AM returned to visit CAI along with Ken Skates AM (Welsh Government's Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport).  Our Managing Director Gavin Roberts discussed the continued growth of the business and plans for expansion.  Such visits are really important to highlight the success of Welsh businesses.

In 2017, Čezeta's  Motors s.r.o. began production of the electric Čezeta Type 506 scooter with an aim of becoming 'the world's most desirable scooter'.  The speedometer and battery charge gauge were designed and manufactured by CAI.  We reviewed the project and how Čezeta is a leading light in the manufacture of stylish electric vehicles.


With Aston Martin announcing that are starting to offer a service to convert heritage cars to electric power, we reviewed the rise of the electric car.  Industry experts predict that there will be 125 million electric vehicles on the world's roads by 2030 and we discussed how the classic car market could be affected.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our news and stories in 2018.  We are already researching our motoring history for 2019 and will have news on some exciting new projects for cars, motorcycles and marine applications - watch out for some new product launches soon!  If you are interested in receiving further information on any of the articles or details on new or classic gauges, please contact us on:

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