Our History

Hanover Displays was founded by Gavin Williams in 1985. When Gavin started the company, electromagnetic flip disks were used, and Hanover developed destination signs for various applications in the bus market. As technology evolved, we transitioned from flip dot technology to LED devices.

The business has grown from strength to strength since its beginnings, and we now have manufacturing facilities in the UK and USA, serving over 10,000 customers worldwide. Hanover Displays is a well-established company, known for quality products and excellent customer service.

  • 1985
    Hanover Displays Ltd is established by Gavin Williams
  • 1986
    The first Flip Dot sign is developed
  • 1987
    Hanover Sarl (France) is established
  • 1993
    Received the Queen’s Award for Export and Technology
  • 1997
    Hanover became a sole supplier to Stagecoach UK and First Group UK
  • 2000
    Hanover SL (Spain) and SRL (Italy) are both established
  • 2000
    The UK office and production facilities move sites after major flooding in Lewes. They moved to the current location
  • 2002
    Achieved ISO:9001
  • 2002
    Hanover Displays Pty Ltd (Australia) is established
  • 2002
    The first LED display system and HANCIS on-board computer is launched
  • 2004
    The first full colour destination displays are launched
  • 2005
    Hanover US established with full operations
  • 2008
    Achieved ISO:14001
  • 2010
    Launch of HTC, our Hanover on-board computer system
  • 2010
    Launch of DG3 Controller
  • 2013
    Hanover GmbH in Germany is established
  • 2014
    TFT, Internal Displays are launched
  • 2015
    Group turnover exceeds €33m
  • 2017
    Gavin Williams hands over the management of the company to his twin sons, Dave Williams, Managing Director (right) and Andy Williams, Sales Director (middle)
  • 2018
    High Resolution LED Displays are launched
  • 2019
    Group turnover exceeds €50m
  • 2020
    New range of TFTs introduced
  • 2021
    Hanover Sicily is established
  • 2022
    Public Transport Destination Controllers
    EG4 Destination Controller – Touch Screen introduced
  • 2022
    Hong Kong subsidiary office launched
  • 2023
    Colour passenger information destination display
    High Resolution Destinations Displays – Colour Screens Launched
  • 2023
    Hanover Cloud Launched