our history

our history

Bring your furniture to life with OE: masters in design & innovation of power & data delivery modules since 1986. Meticulously developed and manufactured in-house, OE is dedicated to providing cutting-edge power solutions; tailor-made to the dynamic working environment & beyond. With award-winning product lines & complete electrical distribution systems, OE knows power

Bring your furniture to life with OE: masters in design & innovation of power & data delivery modules since 1986. 

1986

Office Electrics was born

The company was founded in 1986 on Caldervale Road, Wakefield. In 1990 BS6296 was published; a year later the company had a turnover of £1,000,000 with just 6 employees.

Office Electrics was born

The company was founded in 1986 on Caldervale Road, Wakefield. 

1993

RICHARD & TIM

Richard Hobbs and his son Tim took over Office Electrics in 1993. With eight employees and just a few products, the two men had big ambitions to make power accessible everywhere!

RICHARD & TIM

Richard Hobbs and his son Tim took over Office Electrics in 1993. 

2001

IN-HOUSE DESIGN

With the move to Calder Point, production was also moved there. Richard and Tim realized that to maintain quality and supply Office Electrics needed their own injection molding machines. This also coincided with the UK’s first fused socket designed by Office Electrics.

IN-HOUSE DESIGN

With the move to Calder Point, production was also moved there.

2006

DOWN UNDER

After much discussion and long-haul flights, OE took over Elsafe in Australia. With Elsafe came new products, new know-how and new markets.

DOWN UNDER

After much discussion and long-haul flights, OE took over Elsafe in Australia. 

2014

REBRAND & THE LAUNCH OF TUF

In 2014, the company took the bold step of renaming itself OE Electrics and in the same year manufactured the first TUF module, which enables safe, accessible USB charging.

REBRAND & THE LAUNCH OF TUF

The company rebranded to Office Electrics and launched TUF! 

2017

OE HOUSE

In 2017 the company moved to its own specialized building. This space was ideal for providing excellent customer service and support.

OE HOUSE

In 2017 the company moved to its own specialized building.

2019

GERMANY

With sales in Europe soaring, OE decided it was time to open an office in Germany. The opening was marked by the arrival of the British team – by bike from England!

GERMANY

To celebrate the German office launch, the OE team cycled to Germany!

2020

NORTH AMERICA

OE made waves at NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in the U.S. as they launched into the American market. 

NORTH AMERICA

As OE expanded its global footprint, a North American launch was inevitable. In 2021, OE made waves at NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in the US.