Contimach Limited

Bill Cody founds Contimach Limited in HK to develop a production base for engineering products in China.

First China office opens

First China office opened in Shijiazhuang, staffed with QC engineers to oversee production of DIN standard sprockets, gears, housings, castings and forgings for German customers. At this time, Contimach was the first company to reverse engineer the production of Taper bushes – soon to become the principle product of the early Challenge range.

DIN Standard

Contimach worked with the Dunpai chain factory in Hangzhou and converted production from Soviet standard to DIN standard. A year later, Contimach began exporting DIN standard transmission chains to Europe and USA – the first non-Soviet transmission chains to be exported from China.

Sino-Deutch Engineering

Bill Cody opens the first Sino-Deutch Engineering JV in Fuzhou


Contimach sets up a JV in USA to distribute power transmission products

6,000sqm distribution centre

Contimach opens 6,000sqm distribution centre in Hong Kong

Contimach Shanghai

Contimach Shanghai established to oversee production of Taper bushes. Annual output exceeds 1 million branded taper bushes to major European and American companies.

Contimach Chengdu

Contimach Chengdu founded to supply sprocket blanks and forgings for USA market.

Challenge Brand Established

Bill Cody establishes the Challenge brand as a direct route to market

Fenner PLC to acquire Contimach

Bill Cody enters talks with major UK customer Fenner PLC regarding their intent to acquire Contimach

Dongguan production facility established

Dongguan production facility established with 15,000sqm of production space, 100+ staff and an initial volume of 40 containers per month.

Sale of Contimach to Fenner PLC

Sale of Contimach to Fenner PLC finalized. Bill returns to UK.

Challenge branded taper bushes

Bill restarts production of Challenge branded taper bushes in north China with export to South Africa.

Challenge UK established

Bill Cody and Louis Hopkins establish Challenge UK in Wolverhampton as the European distribution base for the Challenge range of products.

Challenge Shijiazhuang founded

Challenge Shijiazhuang founded as a production base to control production and quality, managed by Francis Tian

Challenge UK acquires ABEC Ireland

Challenge UK acquires ABEC Ireland managed by Sean Robbins.

Challenge Zhuji founded

Challenge Zhuji founded in Zhejiang to control production of transmission chains, conveyor chains, gearboxes, belts and electric motors.

New 5,000sqm facility

Challenge UK purchases new 5,000sqm facility

Challenge Australia

Challenge Australia established in Melbourne managed by Graham Smit

Challenge Africa

Challenge Africa established in Johannesburg managed by Rob and William Parkin

Challenge Germany

Challenge Germany established in Herborn managed by Klaus Ubber

Challenge Czech

Challenge Czech Republic established in Kromeriz managed by Robert Matysik

Challenge HK

Bill Cody moves back to Hong Kong to establish Challenge HK as the holding company for the Challenge group.

Challenge Ningbo established

Challenge Ningbo established as WOFE and Zhuji base consolidated in Ningbo

‘818’ production plant

Challenge Ningbo opens ‘818’ production plant for manufacture of special conveyor chains managed by James Cody and Clive Cunliffe with technical assistance from Mike Jones of Brooks Andell Conveyor Chains