About
Flowtechnology

Flowtechnology UK Timeline

We have been proudly supporting fluid power customers for over 30 years. Explore some of the key events we have enjoyed over the years since 1983.

1983

  • Company founded by Brian Readman, selling quick release couplings to garage forecourts

1986

  • Exclusive Rectus distributorship agreed

1990

  • Company name changed to IPL Fluid Power Ltd

1992

  • One of the first UK companies to obtain the ISO certificate. Accreditation has been held each year since

1995

  • First catalogue launched with distributor branding

1998

  • First trip to China to establish new sourcing routes
  • Pimbo Road (Current HQ) land purchased to build bespoke offices and warehouse
  • IPL open from 8:00am - 8:00pm, same day despatch

1999

  • Pimbo Road site opened in June
  • Introduction of ‘KEA’ back office system, replacing hand written invoices
  • Company officially renamed to Flowtech
  • Business Development Team introduced to support Flowtech's growing network of distributors
  • John Farmer, Managing Director, joined the company
  • Ring and Collect - 15 mins after order



2000

  • Launch of first e-commerce website
  • Formation of the in-house catalogue department
  • Acquisition of the Jaymac brand of products
  • Launch of Mr Quotivator price challenge service

2001

  • First catalogue produced in-house
  • Pimbo Road site extended to accommodate increasing product portfolio
  • Service enhancements: Flowtech Inform (back order reports) service introduced
  • First Internet Trading Site launched
  • First distributor convention at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport

2002

  • Distributor referral system implemented for end user and OEM sales

2004

  • Gresham private equity-backed management buyout of Flowtech, employing a new MD

2005

  • New Kardex lift systems introduced (each with a height of 12m and a footprint of around 3m sq)
  • Acquisition of Euro Plumbing Supplies

2006

  • Vecta business intelligence system introduced
  • Opening hours from 8am to 10pm
  • Order by 10pm for next day delivery
  • Flowtech won Business Liverpool SME of the Year Award

2007

  • Acquisition of Flowtechnology Benelux

2009

  • Slimstock stock inventory system introduced
  • FedEx purchased ANC and became new logistics partner

2010

  • Sean Fennon (Group CEO) and Bryce Brooks (Group FD) joined the Group
  • 4D catalogue software system implemented to replace LinkUP. 4D is still used today to populate the catalogue and the website

2011

  • New office and warehouse opened in China
  • Primeline became new Irish partner, offering next day to Ireland if ordered by 3pm (certain areas)
  • Official catalogue launch moved to April
  • Exclusive Brand Programme born with introduction of KELM
  • Marketing and Procurement teams implemented

2012

  • Flowtech rebranded to Flowtechnology UK including launch of newly refreshed website

2013

  • Procurement Contract Services (PCS) launched
  • Exclusive partnership agreements and subsequent launch of Eagle Pro, HiPRHO and CONAH

2014

  • Flowtechnology listed on the AIM stock exchange following IPO buyout
  • Exclusive partnership agreements and subsequent launch of Aeropro, Tonglift and AirPIPE to the UK market
  • Service enhancements include: editable leaflet library, own part code upload facility

2015

  • New mobile app introduced, first in the industry.
  • Service enhancements include:
    • New order export facility
    • New paperless customer service system
    • New exclusive brands include:
      • Synairgy, Air Trap, C-Cure, Norres
      • Amera, KR500 and Panam

2016

  • Master distributor agreement with Eaton Winner Hose & Fittings
  • New exclusive brands include K-Line Connect, LHA and Ingco

2017

  • 24/7 ordering, delivery & collection service launched
  • New mobile responsive website launched