Buckleys International Testing Products

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About Buckleys

Derek and John Hoveman outside the factory in 1980 Derek and John Hoveman outside the factory in Hythe, Kent in around 1980.

Buckleys (UVRAL) Ltd. was formed in 1926 by the Buckley brothers from Putney, London, to sell ultra-violet ray arc lamps (hence the name UVRAL), used in early photographic production. 

The Hoveman family took over Buckleys in 1942 and the company moved from its Putney base to Hythe (in the south east of England) in 1973. In June 2010 the company relocated to Shearway Business Park in Folkestone.

Since the early 1960′s, Buckleys has specialised in the manufacture of test and inspection equipment. 

Continuous investment in research and development has resulted in the comprehensive range of high/low voltage equipment available today. This includes DC holiday detectors and cable testers, AC spark testers, wet-sponge testers,leak detectors and a range of sub-sea inspection equipment. 

Buckleys has also diversified into fields such as ozone production, anti corrosion systems, medical equipment and a wide range of embedded microprocessor based systems. The company is ISO 9001 accredited. Renowned for its outstanding product range and proven record of top class customer care, Buckleys offers customers a prompt, reliable service, worldwide. 


Paul Hoveman - Managing Director
Paul Hoveman - CEO

After nearly 40 years at Buckleys; you could say Paul has seen a few changes! Having been involved with an electronics company prior to joining Buckleys, Paul’s interest in electronics and technology spurred him on to join the family business. 

When Paul joined Buckleys, the company predominantly supplied pinhole/holiday detectors to the pipeline industry and spark testing equipment to manufacturers of plastic products. Nowadays, Buckleys’ product portfolio is far more diverse; manufacturing test equipment for a wide range of industries. 

Over the years, Paul has developed Buckleys into a company with a loyal and dedicated workforce and a broad product range, developed in consultation with its customers. Paul firmly believes exceptional customer service is at the heart of Buckleys’ success and ongoing growth. Buckleys, as a result, has longstanding relationships and an unsurpassed reputation with its loyal customers; built on the company’s commitment to providing outstanding expertise and products which are engineered and manufactured to the highest standard. 

"Good customer communication ensures we get it right the first time, every time!" - Paul Hoveman 


Simon Dobson – Managing Director
Simon Dobson – Managing Director

Simon has recently joined the team at Buckleys, in the role of managing director. 

A chartered engineer and member of the Institution of mechanical engineers; Simon has over 30 years’ experience in technical product design and development. He graduated with an MSc in automotive engineering from Cranfield in 1983 and returned to Cranfield in 1989 to complete an MBA and has since registered with FEANI as a european engineer. 

With a strong background in project management and structured product development processes, Simon also has a broad International outlook; having worked in France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and India and led projects for key OEM customers in the UK, US and Japan. 

Simon has been closely involved in a number of novel projects and is named as inventor or co-inventor on over 30 patents. Simon is committed to total quality, throughout the development, launch and production phases, as this is a key element in assuring that our customers receive products that work, first time, every time, and which deliver the performance and reliability that they need in order to be able to serve their market. 

“Structured product development, continuous improvement in product & process, and total quality management are key to business success.”– EurIng Simon B Dobson, MSc MBA, MIMechE CEng. 


Craig Hoveman - Business Development Manager
Craig Hoveman - Business Development Manager

Craig studied sports science at the Canterbury Christchurch University and is also a fully-qualified electrician. In 2010, Craig joined the Buckleys team.

Buckleys has since consistently grown at a rate which surpasses many of its competitors. Craig regularly attends industry exhibitions, seminars and tradeshows – worldwide – in order to ensure that Buckleys provides the best product range possible and to keep abreast of market developments and trends whilst raising the profile of Buckleys as a whole. An active member of several industry associations including the SPRA and the NFRC; 

Craig is keen to ensure Buckleys’ products are as effective as they possibly can be and is committed to developing industry-standard practices and procedures in partnership with relevant associations and bodies to regulate the use of test equipment to ensure that test results are accurate, consistent and dependable. 

 "Constant change is here to stay." - Craig Hoveman

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