BRUSH acquires European transformer windings specialist Co.Bo.T

In line with our ambitious growth strategy, we are pleased to confirm an exciting new addition to the BRUSH portfolio – renowned European transformer windings specialist Co.Bo.T srl.

Allowing us to secure a vital link in our supply chain and create extra production capacity to support the expansion of the UK electricity grid for years to come, the acquisition of Co.Bo.T also has the potential to optimise lead-times for BRUSH customers who are keen to connect to the grid.

Based near Vicenza in Northern Italy, Co.Bo.T supplies major transformer manufacturers across Western Europe – including BRUSH – and has built a strong reputation as a winding specialist in the 33kV-132kV bracket. 

Nicolas Pitrat, CEO of BRUSH Group, said: “I’m very excited to welcome Co.Bo.T to the BRUSH family. Their impressive skills and expertise will not only help boost our supply chain, but in joining the Group they will further enhance our comprehensive solutions offering, ensuring we can support our customers every step of the way. Our strategic partnership with Co.Bo.T, combined with our investment into state-of-the-art testing facilities at our Loughborough facility, significantly increases our production capability while maintaining our renowned transformer quality.” 

Davide Cornale, Managing Director of Co.Bo.T, said: “Having worked as a key supplier to BRUSH for many years, we are delighted to have the opportunity to become part of the Group. I am proud of what we have achieved over the past 30 years and the deal with BRUSH is a testament to the team’s expertise, the quality of our work and the high level of service we offer – that will continue in the future.”

As part of BRUSH Group, Co.Bo.T will remain a standalone business, continuing ‘business as usual’ and offering its transformer winding and assembly services to the whole industry, with all contracts with existing customers honoured under the new ownership.

The acquisition of Co.Bo.T is the latest in a series of complementary deals made by BRUSH Group which reinforce our position as a leading provider of energy management solutions.

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Learn in-demand skills from experts while earning an income.

Experience inspiring and varied learning and working on an apprenticeship that’s proven to successfully develop talent.


BRUSH is a local employer with a rich history of recruiting and developing apprentices to work on engineered solutions that are designed, built and delivered in the UK.

We’re a Gold Partner with Loughborough College and maintain an excellent relationship with Coleg Gwent  in South Wales, with whom we’ve delivered quality apprenticeships in Engineering, Manufacturing and other business-related disciplines for many years.

Evidence of how effective apprenticeships are at developing talent can be found in the number of employees currently working in a variety of roles with us, who began their careers as BRUSH apprentices. Read about a few of them below.

What you’ll get

How does the opportunity to get paid for learning in-demand skills without student loans and tuition fees sound? 

Join us, and you’ll be earning an income while developing highly sought-after skills as you work alongside experts with unrivalled experience in their fields. You’ll receive a nationally recognised qualification too – up to Level 7 (Degree).  

Part of the ‘on-the-job’ training  involves rotations. These give you the opportunity to experience many different areas of our business  and will enable you to have a broad understanding of how they are connected, before entering into your chosen area of specialism. This will give you the chance to follow in the footsteps of former apprentices who’ve gone onto excel in areas such as:


Project Management




Manufacturing Operations



Be vital to our future

Apprenticeships are a major focus for BRUSH going forwards. That’s because to succeed now and in the future, we need a strong pipeline of skilled and talented people who will be educated and trained to help drive our future growth and ensure we’re ready  to meet future challenges.

We all know there’s a national skills shortage, particularly in Engineering, Services and Production. Add to that a rapidly ageing workforce and it’s clear to see why we attach so much importance to developing our own talent through the provision of apprenticeships.

Key benefits

What our people say about apprenticeships at BRUSH


Meet Ashley

“If you’re a good apprentice here, you’ll learn your trade. And if you get good at your trade, there are amazing jobs here for you.”

Meet Ashley, one of our mentors of the apprentices at BRUSH Switchgear in Wales. He’s been with the business for 49 years, having joined as an apprentice himself. He is now an Aftermarket Product Engineer.

Ashley has played a key role in the development of so many apprentices during his long career with BRUSH, always driven by his desire to act with thoughtfulness and kindness towards every individual. And it’s an approach that’s proven to succeed.

“There’s an element of pride in seeing people you’ve mentored as apprentices become successful managers,” he says. “Because I know I’ve had a little bit of input in their development.”

His apprentices would actually say Ashley’s impact on their careers has been far greater than that, with many stating they’ve never forgotten his advice and opinions.

“I see my role as helping to ensure apprentices understand the business,” says Ashley. “Because the more knowledge they attain at this level, the more they can take forward into the business, and that will help BRUSH when they eventually move into new and different roles.”


Meet Emma

“On an apprenticeship, you’re earning while you’re learning. I can’t see why anyone would say ‘no’ to an apprenticeship at BRUSH if it’s a field they’re interested in.”

Meet Emma, a former BRUSH apprentice who currently works in the services department as a Contract Engineer. “It’s like a project management role,” she says. “I’m dealing with customers directly, as I manage orders from intake through to completion.”

Emma enjoyed school but dropped out of college to get a job. Her father worked in Switchgear at BRUSH and asked her if she was interested in an apprenticeship. “I looked at what BRUSH offered and thought: this is interesting. It was a chance to learn, get qualifications and hands-on experience in a job while getting paid. It was a win-win!”

She finished her four-year apprenticeship in 2013, having worked her way around different departments including Engineering, Purchasing and finally Servicing. “That’s where I discovered I wanted to be, liaising with customers and managing projects. Dealing with customers direct really interests me.”

As for the future, Emma has her sights set on a supervisory or managerial position at BRUSH. And she knows her apprenticeship has given her the foundation and experience to help her achieve that goal.


Meet Justin

“If it’s grey and it hums, we’ll work on it!” That’s how former BRUSH apprentice Justin describes his current role with us, which covers transformer installation, maintenance, upgrades and repairs.”

Meet Justin, a Field Services Manager for BRUSH Transformers. He started his four-year BRUSH apprenticeship straight from school in 2001, “fresh faced with the David Beckham Real Madrid-era look,” as he puts it!

Having always liked engineering, drawing and creating things, when an opportunity for an apprenticeship at BRUSH came along, Justin jumped at the chance.

He spent three years working on transformers, with a short secondment in Abu Dhabi. Having always wanted to be paid to draw and after helping set up our drawing office in the Middle East, on his return he was told about a similar role here in the UK. “I went through the interview process and the rest is history,” he says.

Justin is a great believer in the power and importance of apprenticeships: “They give you confidence, belief and the chance to grow personally. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, and have done to my 21-year-old brother. And apprenticeships at BRUSH give you the chance to work on technology that’s designed, built and delivered in the UK, which is very rare in the industry.”

Justin’s appreciation of apprenticeships at BRUSH is music to the ears of Martin, who helped mentor Justin throughout his apprenticeship. You can view Martin’s profile here.


Meet Martin

“If you’re into engineering and want to do an apprenticeship, come to BRUSH. People know the name. It has history, which means the company is trusted and has been trusted for years.”

Meet Martin, Tap Change Service Manager here at BRUSH. As he explains, “A tap changer bolts onto the end of a transformer and allows customers to alter the voltage.” Martin’s been in his current role since 2019 but actually started at BRUSH back in 1985 as an apprentice.

“My apprenticeship here has enabled me to see the world during my career. I’ve been to the Middle East (ten times), India, Poland, Indonesia, Singapore, everywhere!”

No wonder he’s a big believer in apprenticeships at BRUSH: “They set you up for life, basically, giving you a good grounding in the business. They also further your education and get you started in life.”

Since his own apprenticeship, Martin has played a key role in mentoring others, including Justin who is now in a managerial role himself (you can view his profile here)

As Martin says: “Here at BRUSH, you’ll learn actual skills on the job while getting paid. And you’ll get to learn technical skills at college. Both aspects marry well together. It’s a brilliant way to do it. I highly recommend BRUSH apprenticeships!”

AC Switchgear (indoor)


Introducing Cryno, a 12kV fixed pattern indoor metal enclosed vacuum switchgear that utilises air insulation and vacuum technology, for the next step in switchgear innovation.


Where performance meets progress. Cryno is the latest addition to our AC switchgear range and the next step in the evolution of switchgear. Bringing together the functionality of our well-respected Eclipse and Quantum switchboards, Cryno features advance operating technology to deliver on performance, reliability and safety – all within a compact footprint.

Within its space-saving design, Cryno also boasts enhanced features allowing for improved operator safety and ease of maintenance.

Suitable for installation within a wide range of industries, Cryno also benefits from our award-winning magnetic actuator technology.

What’s in the name?

Pronounced ‘Cruh-no’, it is Welsh for compact. The name reflects not only a key feature of this innovative solution, but also its proud Welsh heritage.

Key benefits

Compact design
Ease of maintenance
Improved Operator Safety
Diversification of energy
Custom Solutions
Award-winning technology

Technical Specifications

Rated Normal Current630A, 1250A, 2000A
Rated Voltage (ur)12kV
Rated Frequency (fr)50Hz
Rated BIL95kV pk
Rated Power Frequency Withstand38kV 1 min
Rated Short-Time Withstand Current25kA rms 3 secs
Rated peak making current (lk)62.5kA
Ratings for internal arc classification (IAC)
Type of accessibility
Rated three-phase arc fault values: current (IA) and duration (tA)
AF/AFL (optional) 25kA for 1 sec
Rated Short Circuit Breaking Current25kA
Degree of ProtectionIP4X
Single Capacitor Bank Breaking Current400A*
Circuit Breaker ClassificationE2**, S1, C2*
Auxiliary Operating Supply110V DC
Busbars Normal CurrentUp to 2000A
Typical Weight500-700kg
Ambient Air Temperature-5˚C to +40˚C
Relative Humidity<95%
Mechanical EnduranceM2, 10,000 operations
*2000A not yet available
** non auto-reclose for 2000A only

Switchgear Services

From initial system analysis, to design, engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and upgrades of equipment through to repurposing or decommissioning. We provide lifecycle management and support.


Speak to our team

BRUSH has a global reputation for service excellence and dedicated customer support. With a wealth of experience spanning more than 145 years and significant in-house knowledge and expertise, our commitment to excellence is backed by experience and knowledge.

Whether it’s the provision of parts, the delivery of service support in the field, at the customer’s premises or at our network of service workshops, our team of highly experienced engineers are on hand to support.