We are recognised distributors with engineering supply and dedication which is second-to-none. founder Mr WG Townley was a refugee from Nazi Germany who went onto serve in the REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) in North Africa and Europe during WWII. He launched the business in 1946, whilst still continuing his electronics education under the guidance of professors at The University of Manchester. The business made significant progress in semi-conductor supply – going on to become the first and at the time only worldwide Westcode distributor– and over the decades providing hundreds of jobs.

To this day we are proud to have one of the largest stocks of Westcode Power Semiconductors and Bussman and GEC semiconductor fuses in the UK, and are also honoured to be the UK distributor of Hind Rectifiers.

Providing those hard-to-find components is something we specialise in; with a personal service throughout. Personally picking, packaging and dispatching your order matters to us – in the fastest possible time for your convenience. We’re even adding a small gift with each order – an eco-friendly bit of fun, thanks to our ‘Eco-Life Gizmos’ range – from June 2016 onwards.

Our frequently updated stock includes a variety of diodes, thyristors and fuses for range of industrial uses.  Clamps, leads, sleeves, heatsinks and heat-sink compounds are also available. Some of our worldwide customers also ask us to source other items for them, as they trust our personal approach and reliability.

Other areas of provision include solid state relays, IGBTs and varistors. A number of rectifier services are also available; which include rectifier assembly, bridges and hardware components: with Westcode Rectifier stacks built to order.

We also have an extensive stock of IR-Vishay semiconductors and many obsolete devices too. We can source from manufacturers including Semikron, Infineon, Eupec, Mitsubishi, Lawson and Ferraz.  Brand quality matters to us.

We stock a huge standard range of components as well as obsolete items, enabling fast turnaround, and all products are frequently updated. With an extensive client base, many of our customers have been returning to us for years – from areas including power generation, telecommunications, transportation and aviation.  That is not all; for we also have connections in farms, funfairs, sugar mills, launderettes, garden centres, university research departments, schools and colleges – there is no limit!

Our Range is extensive and regularly updated, always keeping ‘engineering support’ in mind, with a wide range of semiconductors in stock. This includes but is not limited to diodes (with a range of specifications available), thyristors, fuses, varistors, leads, solid state relays, IGBTs, power modules and rectifier bridges.

Obviously stocks change every day but a snapshot shows 2500 lines and almost half a million items in stock. Browse away or give our team a call.

On the rare occasions where we don’t have what you need we will do everything in our power to source alternatives for you, even when that means having them made specially.

Our staff although all specialists in their own areas are very adaptable and during their service have learned about all areas of the business – so we’ll always be there for you even when one of us is on holiday or away.

You can continue to rely on our long established name and fantastic track record of supporting engineering industries since 1946. Our internal quality systems go above and beyond the ISO requirements – we think the quality of our goods and service matters for every single quote, order and item and is not just down to a tick in a box or a report on a shelf.Our passion for engineering and aligning our customers with the components needed matters to us. Since the death of the founder Mr Townley in 2003, daughter Clare has taken over the family business, with a commitment to engineering support, distribution and customer service.

She also helped to establish the Townley Family Community Cohesion Fund with The Community Foundation For Calderdale – to support local community groups and charities to eliminate the racism and prejudice which dominated her Father’s early life.

Harmsworth & Townley

We offer high-level services and stock not just in semiconductors, but across 4 divisions here at Harmsworth & Townley:

  • The Electronic Component Division markets power semiconductors and fuses and complete rectifier assemblies. We have thousands of diodes, thyristors and fuses in stock. Link www.HighPowerSemiConductors.co.uk
  • The KING KLIK Manufacturing Division produces a range of traditional sustainable hand riveters and rivet nut tools designed for industrial maintenance and low volume production applications as well as home and DIY use. As testament to the durability of our tools, we are frequently contacted from around the globe for spares, repairs and extra tools by customers from 30+ years ago when Mr Townley was in charge! Link www.Rivetingsystems.co.uk
  • Eco-Life Gizmos – for renewable energy education, science kits, construction toys, eco gifts, cooperative games and inspirational crafts for all ages and abilities. Our kits are fantastic for home education, understanding the science and technology curriculum and learning whilst having fun. Learn about green energy production with your children – adults love our toys and renewable credentials too. We have won environmental awards for our building and business –so we practise what we preach. Link: http://ecolifegizmos.co.uk/
  • Solar PV Systems and the sustainable energy division: specialises in on and off grid alternative power systems –  providing advice, installation services and components. Company secretary Glen is fully-qualified to provide you with installation and advice, we’re proud of our heritage as one of the first 40 accredited solar installers in the country. Many buildings connected with our business have won environmental awards; with our Melting Pot premises and Glen and Clare’s house as examples. Contact Glen@harmsworth-townley.co.uk

Meet the team

Our staff maintain an essential link with our customers providing them with a wealth of expertise and continuity of service one would expect from a family firm with 70 years of trading history.   They recognise the importance of communicating efficiently and customers can be certain that when you contact Harmsworth, Townley & Co. Ltd you will be dealing with someone who is sympathetic to your needs and a real person rather than just an automated voice.

Clare Townley

Managing Director

A Maths (with French) graduate with an MSc in Operational Research, and a qualified Higher Education Teacher, Clare Townley took over the business in 2003.  Since then she has relocated the business to new custom designed award winning environmental premises, integrated a new IT and Management Information System and invested heavily in Internet trading.

An analyst at heart, Clare has managed to redefine strategic mix of the company putting the customer and the environment at the centre of her business ethos.  She thinks all children should learn about ‘One World Living’ – not using more than our fair share of resources – so particularly enjoys seeing children delight in our renewable energy and eco gizmos.

‘Glen and I are delighted that our oldest 2 children are studying science at Oxford and London Universities – our passion for science education must have rubbed off’.

Clare can sometimes be found singing in the Todmorden Choral Society or playing her horn ‘Humphrey’ in Todmorden Community Brass: when she’s not too busy finding fuses, packaging pieces and searching the store cupboard – as a personal, productive service matters greatly.

A keen town Twinner, Clare has also connected with French and German students who have enjoyed work experience at The Melting Pot.

Glen Mattock

Accountant, Company Secretary and Operations Manager

Married to the Managing Director for since 1990, Glen has been with the company since the last Millennium working as the accountant and operations manager.  As the company has developed he has taken on the role of managing the renewables side of the business. He is passionate about educating the younger generation in science and engineering so loves demonstrating our gizmos! He’s also our trained rectifier stack builder and he’s capable of deciphering even the most difficult data sheets!

Graduating with a BSc in Microbiology, he went on to study business and management at University. Following a period of work in Industry he went on to achieve an International MBA (Masters in Business Administration).  Glen has now achieved a B.Eng Hons in Electronics Engineering to complement his new role within Harmsworth, Townley & Co. Ltd.

Apart from an avid interest in renewable technologies, IT systems and business Glen in a keen Martial Artist with a recently-acquired 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tae kwon-do. Having made this brilliant achievement aged over 50, and also his B.Eng Hons he is keen to show that age is no limitation to pursuing new interests and keeping active. He is also a ‘resting’ Bb Bass player – and will take it up again when his young daughter is old enough to learn alongside him.

Katy Gethin & Tammy Noble

Our Electronics Sales Team, and Sales and Marketing Executives

Katy and Tammy head up our Electronics Sales Team and will usually be your first port of call when you contact us. They are single-handedly coordinating all our sales and enquiries – they are busy keeping up to date with all our stock, finiding equivalents, searching out unusual products,  dechiphering datasheets and hunting out the best prices for you! They believe in delivering second-to-none customer service, and their friendly and helpful attitudes are regularly commented upon.

As well as dealing with the electronics sales division, they also head up the sales and marketing side of the business. With a combined wealth of experience spanning over 20 years in marketing and advertising they are in charge of keeping all our social media, websites and newletters up to date, updating our blogs and keeping in regular contact with all our clients to find out what they are up to. We love to hear interesting stories about where our products are used and what they are installed inside – so if you have an unusual or unique appications of anything you have purchased from us be sure to drop them a line and let us tell the world about how we have helped you! (electronics@harmsworth-townley.co.uk)

On a personal level, Katy is our resident rockstar, having spent her youth playing bass guitar in a signed band, touring the country playing gigs and doing interviews. Now splitting her time between between working for us and being mum to two small boys, she also utilises her writing skills as a freelance copy editor of an interior design magazine in her spare time (what spare time?!). She is also the resident barista of the office and likes to keep us all regulary topped up with a dazzling range of flavoured frothy coffees – and will happily demonstate her skills when you come in to visit us!

Tammy divides her time between the office and her personal cake-making business where she creates stunning and much-talked-about creations, and very kindly brings in samples for us all to enjoy. Her creativity doesnt just extend to icing and fondant, and she is often found buried under samples of material with a head full of ideas about handmade christmas stockings, school dress-up day outfits, and comedy costumes for her labrador Betty to be dressed in!


Fastener and Tool Division Manager

Rod has been with the company for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience in this sometime complex field of industrial fastenings and tools.

He has a trained-eye for tools, finds fasteners fascinating and rivets riveting! Please do not hesitate to contact him for sales and advice on fastener and tool applications: Rod@Harmsworth-townley.co.uk

Thank you to everyone

Here at Harmsworth & Townley we take immense pride in our personal service and staff who are willing to go the extra mile (as long as they don’t burn fossil fuels whilst doing so!).  We value every helping hand along the way, including some certain little assistants. Every so often, colleagues bring their children into the office – because bringing work and fun together, is something we value.

Family and history are actually central features of Harmsworth, Townley & Co. Glen and Clare’s children have helped in the business at various stages – with Sasha helping out with assembly and Nathan helping to sort out thousands of fasteners. It certainly hasn’t put them off science – the opposite in fact – as they are both now studying it at university!

We also want to thank everyone who has been there for us along the way –  staff members present and past, students for work experience, our lovely cleaner Sue and of course… most importantly, you, our customers!