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Hoben International Ltd, a subsidiary of Goodwin PLC, is located between Ashbourne and Matlock in the heart of Derbyshire occupying a 40 acre site with easy access to the UK’s motorway network making it an excellent distribution hub for our products.

The Parent company of Hoben International, Goodwin PLC, was founded in 1883 and has specialized in high quality engineered products ever since. Goodwin PLC is still majority owned by the Goodwin family and is a premium listed company on the London Stock Exchange, it employs over 1,200 employees across the group of 23 companies. For more information please see www.goodwin.co.uk

Hoben International Limited is a ISO9001, ISO45001 and ISO14001 accredited company and we put quality management, environmental responsibility and H&S at the forefront of what we do.

Hoben International a leading manufacturer of formulated aggregate based products supplying into the automotive, railway, industrial and fire protection industries.

We are able to process imported and domestic raw materials through our crushing and screening plants or through the continuous Alumina lined ball mills to precise and exacting standards for a wide range of applications. Real-time in-line monitoring, using state of the art in-line particle analysers continuously adjusts the classifiers to produce optimum product quality.

We have a range of blending plants to suit various product and customer requirements. Hoben has extensive experience in controlling and blending materials with a particle size with demanding and highly technical specifications.


Rail Traction was developed by Rodney Donmall and Craig Burgin of BCH Solutions over a 6 year period. 

During this time, extensive R&D work was carried out in conjunction with Network Rail (NWR) and South West Trains (SWT) to perfect the product to ensure it provided enhanced adhesion performance verses traditional traction sands such as Traction Sand and overcame common usage problems of traditional traction such as blockages within the sanding systems due to elevated moisture levels.

In 2019 Hoben International, a subsidiary company of Goodwin PLC, obtained a global technology licence (Patent pending) from CRAROD Ltd (formerly BCH Solutions) and is now, with the assistance of the inventors Rodney Donmall and Craig Burgin, working with the rail industry to supply Rail Traction in place of traditional traction sands such as Sandite, in order to combat Wet Rail Phenomena to help provide a safer and more efficient rail network.