We tell the story of Radwell International, an award-winning global automation supplier. From the acquisition of another company in the mid-80s to embracing the concept of ‘glocalising’ their products and service.
For a company to celebrate 40 years in the fluid power industry, they’ve got to be doing something right. For Radwell International, they’ve come a long way, despite family tragedy. They’re now an award-winning global leader in supply and repair of industrial automation and
electronic control components, with an inventory of over 20 million parts. Their journey to their current success started when Brian Radwell, the now President, joined a company called Speck Industrial Controls as a Shipper in 1982 when he was just 15 years old. The owner
of Speck decided to sell his business in 1986 and Brian’s father, Jerry, took over.
Unfortunately, soon after the takeover, Jerry fell seriously ill, leaving Brian to run the company. This took him on an entrepreneurial journey which would lead to their expansion, not only locally, but internationally. In 2005 Speck was renamed as Radwell International, in memory of Brian’s father Jerry, who had sadly passed away in 2002.
Radwell was determined to expand and progress, with the company opening its doors to the rest of Europe in 2011, with the opening of a purpose-built facility in the UK. This new facility expanded the company’s personal service to their existing European customer base and
into emerging markets. Today the facility houses 130 employees and serves over 50,000 customers within manufacturing, energy and automotive industries throughout 172 EMEA countries. With their tails up, and seeing success from the UK facility, Radwell International
opened a branch in 2016 in Germany, one of the largest industrial automation economies in the world.
The UK referendum to leave the EU meant that the company needed a central European base to continue distribution and repair services seamlessly. As they now look to the future and what they can achieve, there has been significant investment in ‘glocalising’ products and services to suit export markets. They now have an established network of field sales representatives in the UK, Germany and Poland.
Another key investment for Brian has been charity and volunteer work, supporting local charities throughout the year with donations and time, where they have an annual target to achieve. Brian believes this kind of work is vital:
“This not only has a positive impact on communities around the world but also positively engages our teams to be actively involved and improves their wellbeing. This is vital to the Radwell way of life that my Dad would be so
proud of, alongside all our successes.”
Radwell’s award-winning presence within the industrial automation market has been secured as they were proud winners of the ‘International Trade’ category at the Sentinel Business Awards 2019. They were also the ‘Retail/Manufacturing Shipper of the
Year’ at the FTA Awards 2019, Supplier of the Year at the AEMT Awards 2019 and are National Winners for the ‘German Trade and Invest Award for International Expansion’ in the European Business Awards 2019. These recognitions and brand awareness only strengthen Radwell’s position in the market and enhance their desire to continually improve and become the go to ‘all in one’ automation partner.
Together with supplier collaborations throughout Europe, manufacturing its own range of high-quality replacement parts and buying unwanted inventory from customers to continually replenish stock, Radwell’s robust business model means it will withstand any political and economic uncertainty. Now employing over 900 staff in 9 locations, Radwell is proud to be a family run business and widely regarded as the leading automation partner with a global presence. The progression that the whole family are proud of achieving, from Speck to the multinational company it is today.
“Radwell pride themselves on stocking new, used and obsolete parts, providing first-class repair services and helping to manage obsolescence within the industries they serve.“
Find out how Radwell can help you!
UK – Martin Keegan | +44 1782 576800 | www.radwell.co.uk
Germany – Matthias Ludwig |+49 2151 4475-100 | www.radwell.de
US – Greg Wegfahrt | +1 800 884 5500 | www.radwell.com
Canada – Phil Burford | +1 855 752 9393 | www.radwell.ca