Access equipment manufacturer in Warmington, Northamtonshire
Ability International Limited is a UK based company answering work at height solutions both here in the UK and Internationally, by supplying aluminium scaffold towers & access equipment many of which are custom built to clients specification and requirements. We have over 23 years experience of manufacturing aluminium scaffold products and special access equipment. Over the years we have gained an enviable reputation for providing practical and innovative scaffold solutions to meet our customer's bespoke access requirements, Also we have built up a varied customer base in a wide range of industry sectors.
Wr offer Certificated on-site access safety Training for all types of work at height equipment ranging from ladders & steps to sophisticated custom built aluminium tower systems. Our trainers have many years of experience in the access industry and the training certification is valid for the normal working life of the individual
We also provide site surveys and assessment of any access problems, where our scaffold products may offer a viable and practical access solutions drawing upon our years of experience from previous scenarios & applications. Our product range has components which are unique in the features they offer to the customer for example our hook is the only product available in the aluminium scaffolding market that can accommodate two different scaffold tube sizes and the top of the range hook can also be security locked in place to help prevent theft or unauthorized interference (a key health and safety benefit) of the aluminium towers once erected.
We do not manufacture scaffolding tube and scaffold couplers in steel or steel scaffolding, our core scaffold product business does include the following: Aluminium Scaffolding, Unique Aluminium scaffold Tower Design, Desksurfer, height adjustable mobile platforms for over desk access, Cantilevered Height Adjustable access Platforms, Cat Ladders, Custom built Access Equipment, Platform Access, Staging Access, scaffold Chimney Access Staging, Walkway Access, Gantry Systems, Certificated Access Training, Aluminium Scaffold fittings, scaffold access Equipment, Roof Ladders & Extensions, Ladder Stopper & Stabiliser, Telescopic Multi-Purpose Step Ladder. Swimming Pool Bridging, Staircase Bridging, Universal Bridge Panels & Accessories for Spanning over voids etc.,
Heating and power generation manufacturer in Cannock, Staffordshire
Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power and temperature control.
They help companies increase profits by creating opportunities, solving problems and reducing risk using our unique network of global locations, equipment and technical services.
With over 100 locations in more than 30 countries they offer 24/7 services to companies across a variety of industries.
Aggreko prides itself in inspiring confidence in its customers worldwide:
Confidence in the equipment and services we provide.
Confidence in the promises we make.
Confidence in the relationships we build.
Confidence in the knowledge that we always get the job done.
Over the years, a wide range of specialised generators have been developed by Aggreko to meet the ever-expanding needs of our customers. Effective temperature control can result in longer life for your operating equipment, higher productivity, and less downtime.
Aggreko is the global leader in rental solutions for power generation and temperature control systems. They help their customers improve and safeguard their operations by improving productivity, creating opportunities and assisting with Contingency Planning.
With their network of local service centres, problem solving expertise and 24-hour emergency availability, their customers always have the equipment and support they need.
HVAC manufacturer in Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland
AIC was founded in 2001 and rapidly became an internationally recognised reliable specialist in the design, engineering and manufacture of stainless steel and titanium heat exchangers.
Due to that, they are at the forefront of advanced heat transfer solutions. Thanks to proven design products without compromise on quality and their technologically advanced automated production processes, they can carry out the most complex and technologically advanced heat transfer projects.
The AIC products and technological solutions are the results of continuous investment and research aimed at achieving their objectives of a maximum reduction in polluting emissions with increased energy savings, guaranteeing the user high eco-comfort performance in heating and domestic hot water.
Compressor manufacturer in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Avelair manufactures and offers full service support on a full range of energy efficient oil lubricated, oil free fixed and variable speed air compressors. Our in house technical team also design ATEX air and gas compressors as well as special build systems here in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Our focus is on offering a high quality product with full technical and aftersales support from a team that care.
Along side the standard range of rotary screw air compressors and air treatment, we have an in house design team that design and build bespoke compressed air projects. These include full turnkey skid packages, containerised air systems, gas compressors, trailer mounted compressed air systems and ATEX packages. Our in house processes and technical abillity enable us to go from intial design to build and test in fast timeframes.
Avelair’s extensive product portfolio, gives compressed air users the ability to match an Avelair system to their specific requirement, enabling maximum efficiency and reliability.
Extractor manufacturer in Poole, Dorset
BOFA International is a multi-award winning world leader in fume extraction and filtration, acknowledged as number one in the industry.
Ours is an unrivalled heritage of nearly 30 years’ experience in providing fume extraction solutions which are reliable, high quality and with a low lifetime cost of ownership. Our expertise is well established and trusted by all sizes of businesses, from global market leaders to niche production in a wide cross section of industries including Laser, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Printing, 3D Printing, Dental, Medical, Pharmaceutical and Beauty.
“To maintain our position as the world leader in Fume Extraction Technology by delivering innovative quality product solutions that combine high performance with low cost of ownership.
To be the supplier of choice - adding value to our customers’ business activities whilst demonstrating our partnership qualities at all levels.
To continually strive for further improvement by investing in our people and services.”
To supply reliable, simple to use and cost effective fume extraction systems that meet or exceed worldwide health and safety legislation.
BOFA specialises in the development of bespoke solutions for a wide variety of market sectors. Within these markets we strive to give added value. This is achieved by incorporating additional functionality and features within the unit cost.
With today's ever increasing demand for low operating costs and the development of new materials, BOFA is constantly finding new methods to allow customers to protect both their employees and the environment, whilst reducing energy consumption and downtime.
Power Tool manufacturer in England, UK
The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is the world market leader for power tools and power tool accessories. In 2012, its workforce generated sales of 4.0 billion euros, 90 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. Each year, Bosch Power Tools launches more than 100 new products onto the market. The division generated about 40 percent of its sales in 2012 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. The business segments electric power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools of Bosch Power Tools outperformed the market.
The Bosch Power Tools Division grew considerably over the past year although some core markets noticeably lost momentum. With a sales increase of six percent, the manufacturer of power tools reached the four billion euros mark for the first time. The size of the workforce remained at the same level as the previous year, with 19,000 associates at 37 locations. In 2012, the overall market grew by four percent to 24.5 billion euros. The power tools and accessories submarkets grew at similar rates. “Our growth of six percent clearly shows that we have again succeeded in winning market shares”, explained Henning von Boxberg, president of Bosch Power Tools. The division wants to continue this trend in 2013: “We expect to increase sales at a similar rate again this year”, said Mr. von Boxberg during the annual Bosch Power Tools press conference.
The division performed especially well in Asia, where the overall market fell significantly short of the industry’s expectations. This was mainly due to the effect of the economic slowdown in China. “Considering a market growth of only four percent in Asia, it is especially remarkable that we were able to increase our sales in the Asia-Pacific region by 16 percent”, emphasized Mr. von Boxberg. This success is based in particular on the launch of products that are specifically tailored to the needs of professional tradespeople in emerging markets such as China, India and the ASEAN countries – while taking into account the spending power in these markets. In addition to this, Bosch opened the new Chengdu production location in the Pujiang County (China) at the end of 2012. Power tools for the Chinese market will be produced at this location in future. With a growth of twelve percent, the division also performed pleasingly in North America. Market growth in this region was six percent. One of the reasons for the positive sales development is the great market success of the Measuring Tools business unit. Bosch Power Tools managed to grow by three percent on the stagnating European main market, therefore also strengthening its own position in this difficult environment. Overall, the company generates about 90 percent of its sales outside of Germany.
Surveying equipment manufacturer in Mayfair, London
Coltraco Ultrasonics is the OEM of Portalevel™ and Portascanner™ and have been for over 20 years. They have supplied over 15,000 units to customers in 104 countries. These are the basis for becoming the technology manufacturer that we are today manufacturing 14 systems and products.
In their niche field of non-invasive, portable and ultrasonic liquid level measurement, they are the world leaders. The business commenced with the development of a portable ultrasonic liquid level indicator for the UK Government Atomic Energy Research Laboratory at Harwell, and was undertaken by Mr Eric Charlton Hunter in 1987, who had previously worked at the Admiralty Research Laboratory and prior to that specialized in Sonar in the Royal Navy Submarine Service. This was called the Portalevel™.
The work to establish a portable unit took over 3 years, and was accelerated both by users reluctance to continue to employ radioactive isotope technology because of licensing, transportation and storage restrictions, and by operators who had a personal disinclination to use radioactive technology. Coupled to this, in 1986 the Montreal Protocol was developed to control the use of CFC’s, and in that the company began to receive various UK and USA Government requests to aid their monitoring. Supported by some of the world’s largest fire and marine servicing companies, the 1st production unit was released in 1990.
Tool manufacturer in Slough, Berkshire
With more than 90 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing world-class solutions for the professional construction industry, the DEWALT brand represents performance, innovation, and reliability. Tools that carry the DEWALT brand are Guaranteed Tough - engineered to exceed the expectations of building contractors and professional tradesmen, even when tested in the most extreme construction environments.
The DEWALT reputation for quality is hard earned, and follows a commitment to providing best in class products that meet the highest levels of durability and end-user protection.
Today, these characteristics are incorporated through long experience and state-of-the-art engineering into every product of DEWALT’s broad range of high performance ‘portable’ electric power tools and accessories. The acceptance of these DEWALT products by professional tradesmen around the world has made DEWALT the number one selling brand of professional power tools in North America today, and the fastest growing professional power tool brand in the world for the last five years.
We are committed to striving for excellence in environment, health and safety management through process improvements, advanced manufacturing techniques and pollution control practices. We expect our managers and employees to maintain our facilities at the highest standards, minimise waste generation, re-use and recycle materials and products where possible and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
Decorating equipment manufacturer in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire
Draper Tools started out in 1919 when the founder, Bert Draper, sold government surplus and tools around the Kingston Upon Thames' markets. This led to the purchase of the original warehouse, from which the Draper Tool Company Limited as we know it today was born, although at this time it was known as B. Draper & Son Limited and owned the trademark B.D.S. Although Drapers sold its own brand as early as this time, it was also a quality Engineers Merchant and Tool Wholesaler, selling brands well known today, such as, Britool, King Dick, Elliott Lucas, etc.
Bert Draper Passed away in 1963 and control of the Company passed to his son Norman. With the increased business and cramped conditions at Kingston, Norman purchased the freehold rights to the current premises in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire at auction in 1963. Norman pushed the business forward dramatically and developed the 'Draper' brand as we know it today, by importing quality tools from all around the World. He also established 'exclusive' relationships on a family to family basis, with such Companies as Elora and Knipex, which still exist today.
Norman died in 1994 and the Company is now run by his son, John. His wife Joan, who passed away in 1999, produced, almost single-handedly, the Company's first type-written catalogue in 1953. This level of family involvement would be rare in any other company of this size in the UK... But then Draper Tools is no 'other company!'
John took over the reins in 1992 with the task of taking the company into the new century. Draper Tools continues to thrive on a mixture of inward investment, active support for the independent stockist, striving for operational efficiency and all underpinned by the golden rule since 1919 - Guaranteed Quality. The current premises in Chandler's Ford have been added to considerably since its purchase and has now reached a size of 535,000 sq.ft. It is now probably the largest stock of tools in one place in the UK.
Cleaning equipment manufacturer in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
Dri-Eaz provides the best portable products for the restoration and maintenance of healthier indoor environments.
Established in 1980 in Burlington, Wash., USA, Dri-Eaz developed the first commercial quality “snail-shell” airmover, which revolutionised the restoration industry. Dri-Eaz has brought the restoration industry a number of other firsts, including inter-air drying systems and industry-specific moisture detection instruments. Today, Dri-Eaz manufactures a broad range of dehumidifiers, airmovers, drying systems and air scrubbers used within water damage restoration, industrial drying, cleaning, and maintenance work.
Extractor manufacturer in Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire
Extractability, is a division of Weldability-Sif, a UK based “one stop source” for all welding fume extraction solutions. Extractability cover everything from the design stage through to installation, commissioning and servicing. As a provider of approved DGUV/IFA (Institute of Occupational Health Standards)fume control solutions, we are committed to playing a vital role for sustainable and efficient industrial production.
All our products combine care for the environment and for employee health by improving work efficiency and production economy. Extractability are proud to provide products and services that contribute to reducing the environmental impacts from industrial production and help to create safe and clean working environments.
Construction equipment manufacturer in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Fairport Construction Equipment Ltd. is a manufacturer of construction equipment including plate compactors and pokers based in Sheffield U.K. The facility forms the hub for sales, support and distribution of machines, tools and equipment used by the building / construction industry in the UK and worldwide.
As well as supplying compaction equipment such as Tamper Rammers, Vibrating Rollers and Reversible Plate Compactors the factory also houses Fairport’s sister company Flexible Drive and Tool, Which manufactures flexible drives for the marine, agricultural, petrol chemical, food, and construction industry.
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Fairport equipment is available for sale direct from the factory in Sheffield U.K. or via a growing network of distributors.
Extractor manufacturer in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Flextraction Ltd has been at the forefront of the Dust and Fume Extraction market since the late 1990s. As a leading independent UK firm that specialises in manufacturing and supplying Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) products, we strive to offer the best solution to your dust or fume extraction problems in the workplace.
Flextraction has developed its own Hood Positioning Device (HPD), a spot extractor that is perhaps more commonly referred to as an extraction arm. In addition, we offer a range of products from highly credible suppliers from throughout Europe, whose products include mobile filter units, industrial vacuums, both mobile and centralised, laboratory extraction units, a wide variety of hoses, vehicle extraction reels and a selection of filter media for a wide range of units.
Based in the East Midlands, flextraction is ideally suited to providing a UK wide service to our customers. Our offices and production facility are in the market town of Melton Mowbray in the heart of Leicestershire.
Flextraction Ltd prides itself in being able to offer an engineered solution to all of your dust and fume extraction needs. In addition to our own excellent range of extraction arms we have now sourced quality products across the full range of the dust and fume extraction market and we are now able to offer you a product that will meet your requirements - from the smallest single arm soldering point, multi-station welding fume systems, through to large area Local Exhaust Ventilation of highly toxic and hazardous materials.
Within our range of extraction equipment are arms that conform to the Atmosphere Explosive Regulations (ATEX). We custom design, manufacture, install, test and commission dust extraction and fume extraction systems.
Pipe freezer manufacturer in West Hendon, London
Freeze Master is an established company set up especially to manufacture pipe freezing machines.
The machine was invented as a result of Mr. Hallett’s experiences during his years of employment as a refrigeration and domestic appliance engineer. There were often times when he was not able to carry out his work because the plumbers involved had not been able to turn off the water supp.
This can often occur in older blocks of apartments.
On one such occasion teams of contractors were called in to an apartment in London to completely renovate the home for an American family and Mr. Hallett was asked to install the appliances, i.e. the washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, ice maker etc. – all American but nobody knew where the stopcock was in this almost Victorian apartment.
Carpet fitters were called back and pipework tracked under floor boards. It took several days to locate the stopcock. Then the plumbers reported that it would not shut off properly.You can imagine the frustration of the occupants – an army of men had been held up from their work by the failure to stop the water supply!
Mr. Hallett discussed the dilemma that finding a means of blocking the water was essential and when the simplest solution of freezing the pipe was agreed decided to challenge the problem.
Most modern plumbers are acquainted with the gas methods for freezing pipes, i.e. the use of CO2 or aerosol spray cans. But there is always the risk when a plumber uses gas cans to freeze a pipe that they will run out of gas in the middle of a job. He has no way of knowing when his gas bottle is emptying if the job might take longer than anticipated, the risk involved can be nerve wracking.
The ChloroFluoroCarbon range of gases, (R12, R22 and R502), that were used in aerosol spray cans at the time became toxic fumes when in contact with a naked flame (such as a plumber’s blow torch) and seriously poisonous.
But instead of squirting gases onto pipes, which end up in the atmosphere, Mr. Hallett decided to develop an electric, motorized, portable refrigeration machine that would not waste the gas into the atmosphere and would freeze pipes for an indefinite period.
Freeze Master machines offer a new safe technology to the plumber and have revolutionised the plumbing and heating industry.Contractors can now carry out repairs and alterations to entire water systems faster, more efficiently, and more profitable than using the old fashioned methods.
It is not unusual to find stop cocks in a poor corroded condition and therefore unusable.
It is also not unusual to find in a large building whole floors, or even blocks of flats, operating from one main stop cock. A drain down could involve troublesome airlocks to occur several days after the refill. The plumber could spend several hours, unpaid, chasing them around.
Using Freeze Master machines to make a temporary ice block in the pipes is the most professional approach to carry out work with minimum disruption to the system.
Decorating equipment manufacturer in Maidstone, Kent
Founded in 1987, Hi-Tec Spray are a family owned company and one of the leading specialist suppliers of spray application and fluid handling equipment in Europe.
We supply and service equipment for automotive manufacturers, aerospace, marine, contractor and construction industries, trade coaters, wood finishers, metal finishers and practically any spray application process beyond that.
In 2003 we acquired a leading competitor in Bollom Finishing Equipment to form a network of regional depots throughout the country. Today operating from our three UK locations – Maidstone, Manchester and Southampton – we are a dedicated, friendly team of experienced professionals.
We’ve formed strong working partnerships with the industry’s elite manufacturers to boast a comprehensive product range. Graco paint sprayers, DeVilbiss manual spray guns and Gema powder coating equipment, part of our extensive range, leaders in their respective specialisms and reflective of our stance towards the high-end. Quality however, extends beyond our products, to the service and our people. Through training, development and our combined experiences our experts are well equipped to provide solutions to your questions and problems.
We’ve been instrumental in introducing to the UK technologies such as Graco’s ProMix system for proportional mixing of plural component coatings designed to provide flexibility and increased efficiency, mitigating our claim as being Leaders in spray technology. Close working partnerships with the leading manufacturers, feeding back our experiences in the field, have brought innovative improvements in the effectiveness and user-friendliness of our products.
Our comprehensive, worldwide customer base spans the small private business to major blue-chip corporations but no matter your size, our philosophy of customer care remains. We recognise that today’s small companies could be the big companies of tomorrow, and strive to become a trusted partner supporting that growth. Our after sales support team are committed to delivering excellence and should a problem arise, our dedicated, friendly team of experienced professionals are here to assist and provide technical support when it’s most crucial. We stock a comprehensive range of new machines, accessories and spares and continually challenge ourselves to expand our networks. This position has enabled us to ensure that, at that critical moment, we’re working, well equipped, alongside the industry’s most knowledgeable product specialists.
Flooring preparation manufacturer in Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
Husqvarna Floor Solutions is very passionate about flooring in all its diverse forms. They understand that you’re looking for functionality, sustainability, value and aesthetics from every square meter of surface. That’s why they’ve made it their mission to offer all the processes, equipment, consumables and support you need.
Functionality is vital and they consider it an absolute fundamental when choosing and applying flooring. They are committed to helping you produce a surface that meets the daily demands made on professional flooring. Whether it's in industry, retail or the public sector. Choose Husqvarna Floor Solutions as your flooring partner and discover the solutions that deliver the functional characteristics your specific circumstances require.
No matter your choice of Husqvarna flooring solution, they offer the expertise, machines and tools you need, whether you are looking for cost effective preparation, installation and / or maintenance. Husqvarna flooring specialists around the world are here to support you every step of the way – throughout specification, creation and after care. They can also help you reduce costs over the floorings’ lifecycle and at the same time, optimise the life of the floor.
They believe in making a big impression with minimal environmental footprint. That’s why they strive to ensure all our flooring solutions, installations and maintenance practices are carried out with a focus on sustainability, as well as functionality. At the base is refining a concrete slab that is already in place, a process that reduces environmental impact compared with covering the surface with less durable material. At the same time, you’ll get a floor that lasts year after year when it’s maintained with Husqvarna Floor solutions.
Carefully chosen and expertly installed and maintained flooring adds aesthetic value in many different scenarios. Get it right and the visual results you can achieve are truly diverse and always eye-catching. From industrial facilities to high-end public buildings and private residences, Husqvarna can help you select, install and maintain flooring that makes a defining contribution to a great looking interior.
Earth moving equipment manufacturer in Ripon, North Yorkshire
Hydrema UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydrema A/S and was established in Ripon, North Yorkshire in 1985. From our premises we offer sales of new and used equipment, service and spare parts for all parts of the UK. We have direct sales in England and Wales with dealer support in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Hydrema Group
Hydrema is a modern, international group of companies which develops, manufactures and markets high-technology earth-moving plant equipment. The main factory and head office are located in Støvring near Aalborg in the north of Denmark.
The company, which was founded in 1959, consists of an extensive network of sales and service facilities with subsidiaries in major West European countries. In Germany, production facilities are situated in Weimar. Other parts of the world are covered by local importers and distributors. The main objective of the company is to offer equipment that complies with specific market requirements. This is ensured through flexible production facilities, an innovative Research & Development department and a dynamic Sales & Marketing organization.
Tool manufacturer in Lichfield, Staffordshire
Irwin Tools manufactures and distributes professional grade hand tools and power tool accessories worldwide for trade professionals who demand superior performance and durability on the job. Irwin Tools' brand portfolio features user-preferred category leaders such as IRwin®, Vise-Grip®, Marathon®, Quick-Grip®, Speedbor®, Strait-Line®, Marples®, Unibit®, and Hanson®.
For over a century, innovation has been the hallmark of Irwin Tools. Beginning in 1885, with the development of the first IRWIN Auger Bit, and progressing with the introduction of Vise-Grip Locking Tools, Speedbor Flat Bits, MARATHON Saw Blades, and Quick-Grip Bar Clamps, Irwin has been at the forefront of the industry, creating superior tools for the professional tradesman.
Their impressive track record of new product development is born from their passion for understanding the needs of their primary user - the professional tradesman. This dedication to improving products begins in the field, where IRWIN'S IMPACT End-User Teams visit job sites. There, the team learns first-hand, how to improve our products to help the pros increase their productivity.
From the beginning of our product development process to the performance of these products in your hands, IRWIN is where you train, work, play and buy. This commitment is apparent in everything we do.
Construction equipment in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
In every corner of the world you'll find a JCB machine. JCB is one of the world's top three manufacturers of construction equipment. We employ around 12,000 people on four continents and sell our products in 150 countries through 2,000 dealer depot locations.
Throughout our 68 year history, we have always invested heavily in research and development, keeping JCB at the cutting edge of innovation.
Today, JCB has some of the finest engineering facilities across the globe, produces a range of over 300 machines and maintains a reputation for unrivalled customer service.
JCB, a truly world-class and still family owned company.
History of JCB
The very first machine that Mr JCB built was a tipping trailer he made using a £1 welding set and sold at the local market for £45! That was in 1945.
In 1948, there were 6 people working for the company which then made a hydraulic tipping trailer - the very first in the whole of Europe.
In 1953, along came the first machine to be stamped with the JCB logo you see on machines today. This was a Backhoe Loader (what we all call a digger!) and it's the machine that everyone nowadays calls a JCB.
In the 1960s, Mr JCB began the tradition of cool JCB stunts to publicise the company name. This is how the world-famous Dancing Diggers started. If you've never seen the Dancing Diggers before please view our quick movie.
Today, JCB has over 7,000 employees and we make 279 different machines. But we're still based in the Midlands so we've got our own JCB jet and helicopter that we use to fly in our customers.
Cleaning equipment manufacturer in Banbury, Oxfordshire
Alfred Kärcher – inventor and entrepreneur
Alfred Kärcher, like Robert Bosch, Gottlieb Daimler and Graf Zeppelin, was one of the inventors and entrepreneurs that Württemberg produced in such great number since the beginning of the industrial era. With the utmost commitment, he dedicated himself to bringing his ideas to fruition. In 1924, the then 23-year-old completed his studies at the Technical University of Stuttgart and worked first of all at his father's agency, which he developed into an engineer's office. In 1935 he founded his own company in Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart so that he could produce and market his own products in the field of heating technology. Alfred Kärcher designed and built the "Kärcher salt bath furnace", among other products, for tempering steel and light metal in industry according to his own patent.
In 1939, the family-owned company relocated to Winnenden, where it still has its headquarters. By this time the company was also producing heating devices for aircraft engines and cabin heating systems. Following the Second World War, the company turned its attention to products for urgent, everyday use: round stoves, small cookers, handcarts and trailers for tractors.
Move into cleaning technology
Alfred Kärcher made his breakthrough into the cleaning technology industry in 1950 with the development of the first European hot water high-pressure cleaner (the DS 350 steam jet). The design of the water heater proved to be so pioneering that it still forms the basis of all burners today.
Like so many, Alfred Kärcher did not live to see the global success of his innovation. When he died on 17 September 1959 at the age of 58, his wife Irene took over the management of the company and steered its fortunes for three decades. Today their children Johannes Kärcher and Susanne Zimmermann von Siefart are in charge of the family-owned company in its second generation.
In 1962, Kärcher founded its first foreign subsidiary in France, followed by Austria and Switzerland. Internationalisation continued apace. In 1975, Kärcher opened a factory in Brazil; 10 years later, the company had founded 16 sales companies in North America, Africa, Australia and elsewhere. By 2012, Kärcher was represented by subsidiaries in 57 countries and generating 85% of its sales abroad. With 40,000 customer service points in over 190 countries, Kärcher provides comprehensive support to its customers all over the world.
Growth through innovation
After a phase of diversification, Kärcher turned its attention to high-pressure cleaning in 1974. During this period, the colour of the machines was changed from blue to the now world-famous Kärcher yellow. In 1980, the company expanded its product range to cover basic cleaning requirements, initially in the areas of transport and buildings. Step by step, the range was expanded with the addition of wet and dry vacuum cleaners, sweeper vacuums and scrubber driers, vehicle washing bays, steam cleaners, cleaning agents and drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.
Among the milestones in Kärcher's history was the introduction in 1984 of the HD 555 profi, the first portable high-pressure cleaner, and the subsequent expansion into the consumer market. In 1993, this range was expanded to include indoor products and Kärcher has since added steam cleaners and vacuum cleaners for private households to its range. The RoboCleaner RC 3000 was launched in 2003 as the world's first fully automatic robotic vacuum cleaner. In 2007, Kärcher moved into the completely new sector of gardening, which includes pumps for watering, water removal and service water supply in households, as well as an extensive range of accessories.
In 1986, Kärcher launched its pioneering roller brush technology for scrubber driers in the professional range. Thanks to the development of a new rotary nozzle (dirt blaster) in 1995, the cleaning effect of the high-pressure cleaner was almost doubled. The dust intake of commercial wet and dry vacuum cleaners was continuously improved, and in 2007 the innovative TACT filter cleaning system was launched. New procedures were also developed in the course of worldwide cleaning projects: the 284 travertine columns on St Peter's Square in Rome were restored using a specially developed spray process over a total area of 25,000 m². Since 2009, Kärcher has been selling ultra-high pressure cleaners, which, at up to 2,500 bar pressure, not only clean but restore facades and strip concrete. In the same year, a multipurpose municipal sweeper was released onto the market and new target groups were gained with the launch of water dispensers.
Kärcher becomes a global market leader
Innovation has been and continues to be the most important growth factor. In 2011 alone, Kärcher launched over 100 new products. The global market leader in cleaning technology will continue to be characterised by its ingenuity, top performance and innovative problem solving.
Surveying equipment manufacturer in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Leica Geosystems is revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years. It Geosystems creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as aerospace and defence, safety and security, construction, and manufacturing, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and dependable services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world.
Leica Geosystems is a brand within Hexagon Geosystems, the complete reality-capture solutions provider. With a sharp focus on information technologies that capture, measure, and visualise data, Hexagon Geosystems’ high-quality products and solutions create real digital worlds.
The company is part of Hexagon, Sweden (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
Power tool manufacturer in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Makita has always had the vision that society and global communities should be able to develop for themselves, and future generations. By providing the tools, Makita is ensuring that anything is possible.
We can be certain of this by the initiatives that guide our business every step of the way. From our regard for the environment, evolving safety measures and innovations in design and manufacturing, we're sure that not only are we contributing to a better today, but investing in a better future.
Key to Makita's vision is the constant strive for innovation in our technology and our products. From our safety solutions like AVT and dust extraction, through to our Lithium-Ion battery and chargers technology, Makita is at the forefront for new ideas.
This is all down to our dedicated research and development centre in Japan, where engineers work hard to constantly improve our products in all aspects, from power consumption through to ergonomic design and function.
Makita manufactures its tools in plants across the globe, from its headquarters in Japan to here, in the UK. Our Telford manufacturing plant is the only full-production facility for power tools in the UK and has been successfully running construction on many of our top line cordless power tools since 1991.
Makita's investment in the Telford plant has seen it take over production for the highly important MXT Combi Drill, one of the company's best selling products.
Makita's acquisition of Dolmar in 1991 has also meant that we have one of the strongest histories in the Outdoor Power Equipment market and the plant in Germany constantly delivers tools worldwide to the highest quality.
At the heart of our manufacturing process is the belief that for a good tool you need a good motor, and Makita makes every effort to make sure our motors are of the best quality. We source the absolute best raw materials and components in order to build the most powerful and efficient motors we can imagine.
Premium grade steel is used to produce armature shafts and gears, and only steel of the highest grade is used, whilst high grade magnetic copper wire goes into each and every one of our tools to ensure superior current flow whilst withstanding extreme temperatures.
Our quality control tests each, and every, machine that leaves our manufacturing plants. Nothing is left untested; on the motor alone we perform 19 extensive tests!
Our high standards go a long way, which is probably why when you buy Makita, it's likely to be a lasting relationship.
Pump manufacturer in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire
Established for over 40 years, March May Ltd is a UK based pump manufacturer and distributor of high performance, magnetic drive seal-less pumps. We are proud to be a UK based company that both designs and manufactures it's own magnetic drive seal-less pumps. Manufactured under an ISO 9001 quality management system, our products are globally recognised for their quality and reliability. We have over 10 years' experience with Gruppo Aturia's Rotos range, we are the UK distribution partner for Pan World pumps and also represent brands including Savino Barbera & Fluid-o-Tech, as well as having access to Williamson peristaltic pumps. We supply our products into almost every industry and have a product for almost every application. Many of the pumps that we have to offer can be supplied with full ATEX approval. We pride ourselves on our ability to design and manufacture products alongside our OEM customers, or to modify existing products to suit specific applications. We aim to offer the very best customer experience every time and we hold huge component stocks in order to ensure we can offer fast lead times.
Over the years March May has invested significantly in research & development. With extensive 3D Solidworks and CAD/CAM Technology, a fully equipped workshop and highly skilled technicians - we are able to react quickly to meet our customers' requirements. We frequently work alongside new and existing OEM customers in order to design or modify our products to suit individual applications.
Our UK based manufacturing facility includes a fleet of the newest injection moulding machines on the market, all of our injection moulding is performed in house to ensure the highest standards of quality are maintained. Recently we have invested in a state of the art Hurco 3D machining centre to further support our already well equipped facility. March May take a flexible approach to manufacturing and we are able to quickly change our production plan, or utilise our various different machines, in order to satisfy our customer's urgent requests.
March May products are constructed from an innovative modular design, allowing us to keep extensive stock of component parts that can be utilised in various different products. Our highly experienced team of assembly operatives are able to assemble, test and have most pumps ready for despatch within 24 hours from receipt of order, often product is despatched the very same day. We work closely with the country's leading freight forwarders and offer next day delivery as standard, be it boxed or palletised. We also have a wealth of experience in international forwarding.
Construction equipment manufacturer in Bolton, Greater Manchester
MBW has always been know as a company that stretches "the envelope" in its effort to advance technology. By 2005 MBW's product line had expanded to over 90 individual products with hundreds of model variations. Some of MBW's more recent and award winning product developments include:
Smart Rammers - Improving compaction performance yet reducing vibration at the operator position through increases in reaction mass and a lower center of gravity. The Smart Rammer features the industries first integral tach/hour meter to verify that the rammer is running at an optimal level from a compaction viewpoint and to indicate service intervals for owners or rental operators.
EXA & UVW Vibratory Wheels - These attachments for backhoes and excavators combine host machine down-pressure with vibratory dynamics. EXAs & UVWs are versatile and can be used across the full spectrum of soil types. Productivity gains compared to alternative methods offer huge potential. Maintenance is low compared to other compaction equipment.
Soil Compaction Meter and Supervisor - Low cost, battery powered, and easy to use seismic technology that informs compaction equipment operators when they have achieved maximum achievable soil stiffness and corresponding density under existing conditions. The answer to high cost, often impractical alternative soil testing methods. Independently tested with very high correlation to typical density specifications. Provides direct index of soil stiffness.
Slip Form Paver - A downsized curb & gutter slipform paver offering users a technically advanced, high production machine at an affordable price. It excels at pouring tight radii. Pouring parameters 18" high by 48" wide.
Soil Pick - A Pneumatic soil excavator that employs a supersonic air stream to locate and excavate around buried utilities. A selective excavator in that only non-porous soils are fragmented and removed. Will not damage utilities and tree roots. A multi-application tool with uses in construction, agriculture, shipping and many other fields.
World Class Manufacturing
MBW's passion to innovate may be most readily apparent in its product line. But it's MBW's innovative approach to running its business coupled with ongoing investment in engineering, production and data processing technology that has enabled MBW to operate with world class efficiency. MBW's plant is state of-the-art. The heart of MBW's production facility is a battery of CNC metal working machinery. Microsoft Windows XP workstations with SolidWorks software link manufacturing and engineering departments. MBW also utilizes MAPICS XA software on an IBM iSeries for accounting and inventory control which includes an unparalleled MRP (Material Requirements Planning) package. MBW has received national attention in computer industry trade publications as an American manufacturer on the cutting edge of computer related manufacturing methodologies. On the financial front, MBW's innovative business approach resulted in a national test case which allowed for the application of LIFO inventory valuation methods to a manufacturing environment.
Power Tool manufacturer in Southampton, Hampshire
In 1923, Albrecht Schnizler constructed the first hand-held drill. The name Metabo is derived from this metal drill. Today, the company with tradition employs 1,800 persons, 1.050 of which in Nürtingen, Germany. 25 subsidiaries and more than 90 agencies ensure that Metabo's premium solutions can be found in almost all countries.
Apart from mains-powered and compressed air solutions, we continuously focus on the vision of a cordless construction site and are leaders in the battery pack technology in order to offer more freedom with the highest possible power to professionals. Metabo holds more than 700 patents and property rights. The Swabian supplier of robust, powerful and ergonomic professional solutions develops and produces for users in construction and renovation and metal trade and industry.
Metabo in figures
Manufacturer of professional power tools and accessories
Worldwide 1,800 employees, 1,050 of which in Nürtingen, Germany
More than 75 trainees and BA students
Export quota 2014: 80 percent
Best medium-sized employer in the sector of finishes and consumer goods (Focus, 2014)
Far more than 700 patents and registered designs
Production facilities in Nürtingen and Shanghai
History of Metabo
In Nürtingen, Albrecht Schnizler developed the first hand-held drill (No.18), in his parents' bakery
Development of the first electrical hand-held drill: The legendary Metabo no. 750 with 120 Watt power output, drill capacity 6.5 mm, speed 1,200 rpm.
The Metabo type 7608 is the first impact drill manufactured in large series. Back then it cost a month's salary.
The first angle grinder with the new Metabo S-automatic safety clutch is introduced.
The first impact drill with electronic speed control is introduced to the market.
Development of the first 1,000 Watt impact drill with constant speed under load.
The first angle grinder generation is equipped with the Metabo Marathon motor.
Metabo creates the new category of the compact cordless screwdrivers with the "PowerGrip®“.
Metabo changes its battery pack range to Lithium-ion technology.
Metabo presents a complete range for processing stainless steel.
Metabo sets new standards in metal processing with the world's first cordless magnetic core drill and a cordless Inox range.
The world's first battery pack with 4.0 Ah and Ultra M-technology opens up new dimensions for cordless power tools.
Metabo develops a 5.2 Ah battery pack - at that time the most powerful battery pack in the world.
Introduction of the new generation of compact angle grinders with a power of up to 1,700 Watt.
Power tool manufacturer in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories for professional users worldwide.
Milwaukee Tool is an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories and hand tools for professional users worldwide.
Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in both durability and performance. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions. Whether it is through their leadership in LITHIUM-ION technology, as seen in the M12™, M18™ & M28™ Systems, time-saving accessories or innovative hand tool products, Milwaukee is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced solutions for the trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability.
To do this, Milwaukee takes the time to work side by side with real craftsman to understand the demands of a constantly changing workplace and how they can best deliver solutions that help the user work both faster and smarter. Milwaukee knows that professional users sweat the small stuff, and so do they. They pay attention to the small details that that make a big difference. This user focus not only leads to solutions for real jobsite challenges, but fuels the disruptive innovation seen across all product lines.
Surveying equipment manufacturer in Andover, Hampshire
Mitutoyo is the world's leading manufacturer of precision measuring equipment, offering a huge range of products from micrometers, calipers and dial gauges to hardness testers, vision measuring systems and 3D coordinate measuring machines from sales offices in more than 40 countries, supported by aftersales representation in more than 100.
In the UK, in addition to providing top-quality products for manufacturing industry, Mitutoyo offers machine-specific training for customers as well as general metrology training courses for companies wishing to upgrade staff skill levels. Support services include technical advice on specific applications of the company’s products, UKAS-certified calibration, sub-contract measurement, and bespoke system design for particularly challenging measurement and component handling applications.
Long-established links with national standards organisations, investing in the best people and the finest facilities, and a belief in building strong customer relationships are the fundamentals that keep us at the forefront of measurement technology.
Manufacturing excellence is paramount at Mitutoyo. Standards are linked worldwide both by our own procedures and those of the ISO organisation.
At Mitutoyo we continue to invest money, time and effort in providing the best possible solutions for our customers in terms of sales, support, repair and training facilities. Our nationwide resources and the backing of the finest production and research establishments ensure that an investment in Mitutoyo products and services is a wise business decision.
Lifting equipment manufacturer in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Niftylift is one of the largest manufacturers of mobile elevating work platforms in Europe and sells throughout Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Far East, Australia and South Africa. They specialise in compact, low weight articulating booms that offer maximum performance with minimal environmental impact.
They use advanced 3D modelling software together with rigorous testing to optimise every aspect of their product design and to ensure that every Niftylift work platform delivers outstanding performance without compromising on functionality or reliability.
With years of experience designing machines for the hire industry, they understand the importance of reliability,ease of operation, minimal maintenance, and excellent after sales support to their customers.
Through investments in staff, manufacturing equipment and technology, they maintain an ongoing commitment to their customers to consistently produce high quality innovative products that meet or exceed their expectations.
The Company Profile
Founded in 1985 by Roger Bowden, Niftylift has grown to be one of the world's leading manufacturers of mobile elevated work platforms, with over 250 employees in the UK and USA, alongside a vast dealer network across over 40 countries worldwide to support the 75% of sales as exports.
The below diagram illustrates how Niftylift operates as a sustainable company. The four core values of People, Innovation, Quality and Sustainable Finance build the foundations of the five pillars that represent the company's corporate social responsibility.
Access equipment manufacturer in Redditch, Worcestershire
Redhill Manufacturing is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of top quality handling, access and storage products.
Our extensive portfolio of British-made products is designed, manufactured and assembled by highly skilled craftsmen, working from purpose-built premises in Redditch, West Midlands, and exported to industry, wholesalers and businesses across the world via a network of distributors.
From trucks and trolleys to draw systems and work benches, every product we make is manufactured to the highest specification in the UK, allowing us to control all aspects of the process from design to despatch and guarantee an excellent end result.
Drawing on a manufacturing capability that spans over 35 years, we offer unrivalled expertise, skills and resources in metal manufacture, producing over 3,000 standard products, as well as bespoke design, all made to the highest UK quality standards.
Our success is built on our flexible approach to the requirements of our customers, and we aim to work in partnership with our UK, European and worldwide customers, ensuring we deliver what you want, when you need it, from a one-off prototype through to volume production.
Lighting manufacturer in Stamford, Lincolnshire
Ritelite (systems) Ltd is a British group of companies that design, manufacture and supply a range of portable lighting products, utility products, light bulbs and battery charging solutions.
With more than 25 years of industry experience we focus on offering customers high quality, technical, lighting and electronic solutions. We are flexible; we think outside the box and are continually developing new products to meet customer requirements.
Our in depth in-house knowledge of battery charging and lamp technology especially LED technology gives us full control over the design of our portable lighting solutions ensuring we are achieving maximum efficiency and maximum output from our products.
Company development history
Ritelite (systems) Ltd was first started in 1988 by the current Managing Director Marcus Batty.
The first portable rechargeable lighting products were launched in 1990 and have seen continued evolution and development.
In 1992 Exegon Ltd was acquired to give in house expertise in battery chargers and charging solutions to support Ritelite’s developing portable lighting portfolio.
The Prolite Lamps division was set up in 1993 to create partnerships with selected Lamp divisions in Asia with Lightbulbs supplied to distributors and OEMs in the UK and Europe.
In 1994 the Utilities division was set up to expand the range of products to existing customers
Plumbing tool manufacturer in Kettering, Northamptonshire
For more than 60 years, Rothenberger has been a worldwide leader in producing innovative, pipe tools and machines for lavatory, climate-control, gas and environmental technologies.
As the preferred partner of professional users, they offer complete solutions for pipe installation and associated service and maintenance work.
With more than 5,000 products made by this company, they offer the world's most complete line of modern premium pipe tools and machines, as well as environmental technology.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1949
50 affiliated companies
45% consolidated equity
1,600 employees worldwide
250 patents and trademarks
14 production facilities
60% in-house production
30 foreign subsidiaries
Export to 90 countries
150 certified service facilities
More than 500 sales consultants worldwide
More than 200 specially equipped demo vehicles
Exhibits at more than 120 trade shows
the company is part of Rothenberger AG, and is responsible for the core business of professional pipe installation and connection technology.
Furthermore, they are among the holdings of Rothenberger AG, whose independent brands extend the product portfolio into related specialities. They are part of the Rothenberger Group.
For more than 60 years, Rothenberger has been run as a family business. From the beginning, family solidarity has played a vital role in its success. This includes not only the family of the owners, but the entire corporate family, to which every employee belongs in Kelkheim and at all sites around the world.
Tiling equipment manufacturer in Rainham, Essex
Germans Boada, S.A., RUBI®, has its origins in 1951 with the invention of a manual cutter for hydraulic mosaic work, created by the Boada brothers.
This new tool had an excellent reception receiving a diploma of honour and the gold medal at the first national exhibition of inventions, held in Barcelona in 1953. The new tool, christened with the name of RUBI® served as a foundation pillar for this company which now designs, manufactures and distributes machinery and tools for the construction industry specialising in tile laying equipment and along with other building materials.
In order to meet its growth requirements, the company has refurbished its headquarters located in the town of Rubí, near Barcelona (Spain). An important sector of this new logistics centre has been designated to increasing Germans Boada, S.A.'s capacity for production through the introduction of new assembly lines. At the same time, a new annex has been specially designed to house a large show room, which includes an auditorium, the RUBI® museum and an area exclusively dedicated to training.
Their aim is to provide a personalised service adaptable to the needs of each market. Germans Boada, S.A. RUBI not only relies on its channels of direct distribution in Spain, but also on Branches and Associates of direct distribution in Europe, the USA and Asia together with a vast range of Agents and Franchises making it possible for RUBI to have a presence in over 140 countries worldwide.
Pump manufacturer in Eastleigh, Hampshire
Selwood has designed, manufactured, hired and sold mobile contractors pumps for over sixty years and is the leading pump supplier in the UK, selling a full range of pumps for all applications.
The largest privately owned UK Company serving the construction and allied industries, Selwood is recognised as one of the leading pump and plant, hire and sales companies in the country.
Founded in 1946, Selwood is now a £55m turnover company employing over 400 staff throughout its nationwide network of branches.
Construction equipment manufacturer in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Takeuchi Manufacturing has been present in the UK since 1981, when the first machines were imported as the Priestman Mini-Mustang. There are still very many of those vintage machines around, highly prized by their owners.
In 1996 Takeuchi set up its UK subsidiary based in Rochdale and in 2001 set up its southern depot at Thatcham, Berkshire. Takeuchi’s 15,000 sq ft facility stocks mini-excavators, tracked loaders and breakers. The UK based facility also has a dedicated parts division and service team all backed by National Distribution via its network of dealers.
From design, development, manufacturing, quality control to product support the Takeuchi organisation works hard to completely support our distribution network of dealers who deliver to our customers worldwide.
Things like machine endurance, operating breakout force and operator comfort, tailored to the needs of each market are just small examples of why the Takeuchi brand commands a large market share worldwide.
Our commitment to bringing new ideas and technologies into the marketplace is second to none. Takeuchi supply machines that are structurally sound and safe and meet all environment standards coupled with strict adherence to the highest standards of quality control.
With an ever expanding plant hire market Takeuchi machines are built for endurance - minimising machine downtime is critical and translates directly to our customers bottom line. Takeuchi is committed to machines that last, backed by high quality professionals and after sales support worldwide to earn the reputation for reliability
Innovation continues to be key, as pioneers of the compact excavator industry Takeuchi prides itself on an ability to develop new innovative machines. Research and development continually apply new technologies, designs and patents and Takeuchi have built a reputation for a world first in compact equipment
Flooring preparation manufacturer in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Founded in 1991 by Managing Director Tracey Glew, The Preparation Group began life as a Surface Preparation Contractor; removing, preparing, polishing and cleaning a multitude of surfaces across a wide range of sectors.
We built a reputation for providing high levels of service and tailoring solutions for every project.
In 1997, and with the vast experience and knowledge gained from our contracting operations, we decided to market our own range of Shotblasting, Planing, Multi-stripping and Grinding machines. We already had an enviable insight into customers’ expectations and we understood the importance of reliability and performance of equipment to satisfy our clients’ fast track programs.
In 2006 we opened our £350k purpose built Training Centre enabling us to demonstrate our range of equipment, to deliver our surface preparation courses and to host FeRFA’s ‘to prepare and profile’ training modules. Our facility is also used to showcase manufacturers flooring materials.
Today, we continue to develop and manufacture equipment, embracing and incorporating new technology into our designs and we source the knowledge and expertise of renowned worldwide surface preparation experts to work in partnership with. Everything we market is tested, and if necessary refined by our engineers and operatives.
We have remained true to our principles, aims and values and have continued to be forwarded thinking, investing in the expertise of our personnel and forging close working relationships with customers, suppliers and partners.
Cleaning equipment manufacturer in Southampton, Hampshire
Truvox International is a leading supplier of commercial and industrial floorcare machines, based in Southampton, England. From the production of its first electrical polishing machines in the early 1960’s, Truvox has successfully expanded both its product range and its geographic reach to a point where it is now recognised in over 70 countries worldwide.
Truvox International prides itself in being a world leader in the design and production of innovative floorcare machines as well as demonstrating thorough attention to quality standards. Truvox is a BSI Registered Company (BS EN ISO 9001:2008).
Truvox International has a wide range of well established brands including Orbis rotary burnishers, Hydromist carpet extractors, Valet vacuums, Multiwash scrubbers and Cimex three brush technology.
Truvox International is supported in the delivery of outstanding value cleaning solutions by a network of dedicated dealers across the UK and worldwide.
Truvox International became part of the Tacony Corporation based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in 2007, providing it with world class development facilities, access to an even wider range of product permutations and extensive sourcing options including manufacture in the UK, USA, China and India.
Truvox International strives for excellence in all its activities relating to the design, manufacture and global sales of commercial and industrial cleaning equipment.
Our objective is to fully meet market and customer expectations concerning product design and manufacture, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, and to provide a pleasant and developmental environment for staff.
Tool manufacturer in St. Annes, Lancashire
Established in 1939 by Gaston Florin, Vitrex initially developed a range of hand tools during World War 2. The first plastic DIY products to be sold under the Vitrex brand were launched during the 1950's, and continued growth through the 1970's and early 1980's established Vitrex as a leading brand in the emerging DIY consumer market.
Vitrex was acquired by Q.E.P. in 2004 and as part of a leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of tiling equipment, flooring, tools & accessories,it is now better placed than ever to fulfill its longstanding aim to design, manufacture and distribute professional quality products at affordable prices – for both the keen DIY-er to the professional user.
Today the company is an established and recognised supplier to the very best home centres and distributors in the UK and has been at the forefront of the home improvement market for more than 70 years.
The company's success is attributable to one main resource - its people! The company has built a team of marketing, engineering, warehousing, product development and management personnel second-to-none. With the help and drive of all Vitrex staff, our company has realised new standards of customer service which are often lacking in most of our competitors.
Access equipment manufacturer in
Founded in 1926, the Youngman business is built on strong values of Safety, Innovation, Quality, Customer Care and Integrity. We are now recognised as a leading provider of innovative access equipment, designed and manufactured to the highest quality and safety standards.
Our products are made for the trade professional and serious DIYer and are available from leading trade outlets throughout the UK. Our unrivalled product range includes:
The site covers over 12 acres and has state-of-the-art production facilities registered to ISO 9001. Our highly skilled and trained personnel use the very latest laser cutting and robotic welding technology, while aluminium ladders are made on our fully automated ladder line.
This is all complemented by our central UK and Glasgow warehouse and distribution depots, plus our logistics facilities and warehouse in Compiegne (45mn North of Paris).
The Youngman Group has a total commitment to a Quality Management System which forms the framework for all company activities and processes. This approach enables us to continually improve customer satisfaction, quality and business performance throughout our organisation.
WC Youngman Ltd was founded by Charles Youngman on the first day of the National Strike in 1926.
Charles Youngman died in 1967, and WC Youngman was then acquired by SGB Group PLC in 1969. Seventeen years later, SGB Group was, in turn, acquired by Mowlem PLC.
By 1992, SGB and Youngman had merged to form SGB Youngman. Five years later, SGB was re-floated by Mowlem, and then acquired by Harsco Corporation in 2000.
In October 2005, a management team bought out Youngman, backed by Matrix Private Equity Partners. The company was renamed Youngman Group Ltd.
In October 2014, Werner Access Products UK Holdings completed the acquisition of Youngman Group Ltd. And we proud to be part of the Werner family with the worldwide resources and expertise that this brings.
WERNER is the world leader in ladders and has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, step stools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNER provides a full line of climbing equipment that's engineered to provide maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All WERNER products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards.