Elexcel Limited (brand name XCEL) established in Liverpool in 1915, producing electric irons, fires, kettles, cookers & immersion heaters. Many cookers were supplied for local authority housing schemes.
Elexcel was put into Voluntary Liquidation in 1951 to free the factory for the manufacture of jet engine fuel-system components on behalf of the British Ministry of Supply. Former employees Les Bowen, Bert McMath & Ted Sellers set up the company Selex Electric to manufacture spares for XCEL appliances.
1952 – 1976
The Selex factory was on the former WW2 munitions factory site in Kirkby, near Liverpool. The product range was expanded over the years into a wide range of domestic appliances whilst maintaining the original heating element line.
The business was re-structured with most of the appliance ranges being disposed of and Les & Bert (along with Les’s son Peter Bowen) formed BOMAC Electric to carry on the specialist heating element manufacturing undertaken by Selex and, initially, the electric fire range.
BOMAC expanded its activities into elements for fan heaters and quartz tube radiant heaters used in domestic fuel effect fires, elements for hand driers and spirally wound heating coils for ceramic top cooking appliances.
Peter’s son Richard joined the team at BOMAC as Technical developer
BOMAC’s expertise in the design and production of quartz tube elements for room heaters was applied to microwave oven grills for the major Japanese and Korean owned manufacturers in the UK, USA & continental Europe.
In the early 2000’s BOMAC applied the principle used for microwave oven grill elements to produce an array of quartz & ceramic glass tube elements for use in conventional cookers, namely the Neo-Speed grill.
BOMAC partnered with a Chinese specialist resistance alloy manufacturer to produce Bomac’s high volume products. A successful partnership that continues to this day.
BOMAC launched an Intermediate Bulk Container heater product range. The range includes single-trip and multi-trip heater base boards (HBBs), for use with viscous products such as butter oils and sugar syrups, enabling discharge.
BOMAC developed computer server emulators to be deployed in newly built data centers to replicate the power consumption & heat generation of the servers enabling the power supply networks and cooling installation of the building to be tested.
BOMAC’s latest new product development programme includes automated used cooking oil retrieval and storage systems for use in fast food restaurants.
Return of the Mac. Peter’s daughter Julia McDonald joins Richard to become the third generation leaders of BOMAC.
Sadly on 18th September Peter passed away after a valiant battle with Kidney Cancer. Richard and Julia continue to head up BOMAC.