Johnson designs and manufactures a range of products in house including hydraulic, pneumatic, spring-set or manually applied caliper disc brakes and brake systems for use on hoists, conveyors, propulsion systems and other rotating equipment.

Johnson also produces electro-magnetic and electro-hydraulic thruster drum and disc brakes which are in service around the world on cranes, hoists and other material handling and power transmission equipment.


With offices and manufacturing facilities in Vancouver, Toronto and England, Johnson Industries Ltd. offer worldwide the most comprehensive range of industrial brakes and brake systems available from any single source. Johnson Industries Ltd. was incorporated on April 27th of 1966. Our first corporate office and factory were established at Richmond, B.C. Canada, in the year 1974. In 1993 Johnson Industries purchased the British brake company “Elevanja”. The Elevanja company has been designing and manufacturing electric brakes since 1915, and the acquisition has made the Johnson brake line very versatile. In 1997 Johnson Industries opened up a second office in Toronto Canada to serve our eastern clients. As of October 25th 2005 we have moved to our new state of the art manufacturing facility in Delta B.C. Canada.

In addition to the brakes mentioned above, brake discs and brake drums can be built to customer specifications. The Johnson catalog contains many standard diameter brake discs and fly wheels with or without mounting holes, hub, straight bore, tapered bore, key way, scribed bolt circle, dynamic balancing or even forged ventilation holes. In addition to brake discs Johnson manufactures many different models of brake drums. These include standard, offset, bore and key way, and rough stock bore. Johnson also offers a variety of transmission couplings for brake applications.

We also design and manufacture Storm and Parking brakes. Storm brake systems include automatic and manual rail clamps, rail brakes and wheel clamps. These emergency braking systems are used on cranes, stacker-reclaimers, loaders and other forms rail mounted equipment. Johnson is committed to stocking a comprehensive range of parts (including a full range of Elhy / Eldro thrusters), we also offer maintenance and refurbishment services, on site service, training, and commissioning.

A complete range of Hydraulic Power Units, Pneumatic Power units, and Electrical control systems are available for Johnson brakes.


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In the year 1913, rapid progress was being made in the field of electrical engineering, but even so, it was with much trepidation that the three Founder Directors met one evening and decided to leave the comparative security of a large organization and branch out on their own.

Although possessed of little capital other than their personal skill, they believed that they could provide an electrical engineering service and products, which the industry required.

Thus the partnership of Elliston, Evans and Jackson came into being. The first premises being a small two windowed shop with a shed at the back on Wilson St., in Finsbury.

  • Specialists in industrial braking for more than 100 years.

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