About Us

A family affair

Established in 1972, and with almost forty years experience in the engineering manufacturing industry, R J Herbert Engineering Ltd is a privately owned business that employs 140 talented and dedicated employees.  The business remains a family concern with Rod Herbert as Chairman. Rod originally manufactured machinery for farmers and the business continues to serve this sector today alongside its other core sectors. Take a look at our history timeline to read about some of our key milestones

Next generation to handle it

Continuing to support the business, the founders experience in concept design and manufacturing gives the company direction at the highest level.  Furthermore over the past three decades the product range has expanded vertically to serve the fresh pack and process market and more recently the recycling industry. Driving this same enthusiasm and passion for high quality is Nick Herbert, Rod’s son whom has been managing the business on a day-to-day basis for more than a decade as Managing Director. The founders daughter is responsible for marketing the products and services to its domestic and international audience.


Herbert is proud to remain a British manufacturer and is based on a philosophy of high quality manufacturing which supports its emblem ‘built stronger to last longer’ – a highly recognised Herbert brand within the root crop industry. At the core is a talented team of engineers led by Nick Herbert whom continuously develop new products and product upgrades responding to the industries changing needs. The ability to install machinery and ancillary equipment whilst working with contractors makes the Herbert Installation team a valuable asset to any customers project team. Backing up this product is vital and Herbert ensure good customer training and a dedicated after sales support team of service engineers  Spare parts provision is also available at short notice to respond to the timely market in which customers operate for same day or next day delivery world-wide.

Global customers

The Herbert client base includes European fresh produce pack houses, major international processors as well as many well-established growers and recycling companies.. Although the head office and manufacturing is still based in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom the dedicated breadth of distributors ensure we can globally support our customers and offer sales, service and spare parts in 20 countries.

Expanding its roots

In the last decade, Herbert Engineering has grown to set up two successful sister companies :

Herbert Engineering BV

Herbert BV LogoEstablished in 2005, our European office offers multi-lingual technical sales and back up support for Herbert equipment. A Dutch, German and English speaking team are available to visit your site and discuss your business requirement in mainland Europe. Mark Verschuren, is Managing Director of Herbert BV and has been delivering automatic handling solutions to the fresh produce and process industry for the past ten years in Holland, Germany and Belgium.

Herbert Systems

Established in 2006, utilising Herbert technology skills Herbert were able to transfer knowledge and experience of handling time sensitive, bulky products and examine many of the daily challenges faced by baggage handling operators, airports and integrators. Herbert Systems has provided a fresh approach to age-old in the airport industry. Herbert Systems has really taken off and already achieved an excellent reputation in the Airport industry providing handling, sorting, orientation, delivery, security solutions for increased passenger flow at major international airports.
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