History of Hawkspare
1954 - 1958
The Hawkins Bros. Ltd was established in 1954 by Bryan and Keith Hawkins when they won a contract to rebuild parts of the bank of the River Thames which had been breached during the big flood of 1953.
1958 - 1976
On completion of the project the brothers went their separate ways. Bryan developed a successful exporting business - BL Hawkins and Son which predominately exported trucks to Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. He specialised in exporting used army trucks from the British Army. Meanwhile Keith developed a Container Port on the Thames at Gravesend. In 1975 Bryan's son - Derek joined BL Hawkins and Son and worked with his father to expand the family business into different countries.
1977 - 1983
In 1977 Derek established Hawkspare Ltd. The first market was to supply 800 Ford 5000 farm tractors to Thailand. This was followed by 1600 Bedford trucks to Bangladesh in just two years. After noticing a gap in the shipping market, Hawkspare began chartering its own ships to Bangladesh and India.
1984 - 1988
In 1984 Hawkspare was supplying Caterpillar machines to the USA. This market was followed by markets in other regions such as South America, Dubai and the Caribbean.
1989 - 1999
After Spain had joined the EU, Hawkspare established a subsidiary business in Madrid. Derrick Stansfield was appointed Hawkspare Sales Manager for North and South America and East Africa. This allowed Hawkspare to become widely involved in the sale of used cranes, excavators and wheel loaders to most of the Southern American countries. The Far East was also a key area for trade which Derek continued to manage. In early 1998 Hawkspare brought many new and used excavators in Malaysia as the Far East market declined. A ship was chartered to move 65 of these excavators from Malaysia to Egypt.
2000 - 2009
Hani Magdi was appointed as Hawkspare Sales Manager for the Middle East. Throughout this period Hawkspare supplied many new and used Terex cranes to the Middle East Gulf Countries. Hani also sold many used crawler cranes and terrain cranes, construction excavators, wheel loaders and bulldozers to Egypt. In 2006 Hawkspare opened an office in New Delhi, India to supply mobile cranes, terrain cranes and crawler cranes. Deepak Sharma was appointed the Hawkspare Sales Manager for India and South East Asia.
In addition to the usual supply of earthmoving machines, Hawkspare continues to supply new and used Crawler Cranes, Construction Excavators, All Terrain Cranes and Rough Terrain Cranes. The present markets include the Middle East, Africa, South America, Indian Sub Continent, Far East Asia and Kazakhstan. Hawkspare continues to expand operations around the globe.
A Leyland Hippo with Radar equipment for sale in 1968.
A large cargo ship was chartered by Hawkspare to transport Bedford Trucks and Buses to Bangladesh in 1981.