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History

Key dates

1920: Brammer established in Leeds, UK. Founder Harry Brammer raises capital from his trademarked inventions. They include a detachable ‘V’ link belt, that helps improve shoe and clog making machinery.

1954: H Brammer & Company Ltd employs over 150 people, and is exporting globally.

1960: Company has gone public. Employs 650 people, with customers in over 60 overseas markets.

1969: Brammer acquires Bearing Service Limited, one of the UK’s largest distributors of replacement industrial bearings. This is a step-change in Brammer’s capability. It is the first in an on-going series of acquisitions that gradually turns Brammer into Europe’s leading supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions. (See timeline below.)

2006: All our businesses are brought under the Brammer Group. This lets us focus on our key strategic priority - delivering added value services to customers across Europe.

2011: Brammer Group’s size and success shows how effective our approach is. Today, Brammer employs over 2,500 people in over 300 locations across 15 countries.

2014: The Brammer Group continues to grow. Brammer acquires Lonne Holding AS (“Lonne”) a leading distributor of OEM and MRO industrial products, operating predominantly in Norway and Sweden with further operations in Finland and Denmark. We are now represented in over 350 locations across 19 countries.

Brammer acquisitions - a timeline

  • 1992 - Roulement Service (France)
  • 1995 - Rodamientos USA (Spain)
  • 1999 -  AKN (Benelux), bringing power transmission, seals and liner motion to the portfolio. 
  • 2001 - Rabinad Group (Spain);THF GmbH  (Germany), opening up markets in Central Europe
  • 2002 - Britannia Edelstahlgesellschaft (Austria); Awexim (CzechRepublic)
  • 2003 - Berdo Technik; THF Hungary; part of MRE-H (all Hungary)
  • 2005 - MHBH (Czech Republic and Slovakia 2005); we also opened our first branch in Italy
  • 2006 - Ramaekers (Belgium); KS Csapagy (Hungary).  Brammer also opened an Insite™ - a branch in a customer plant – in Iceland.
  • 2007 - Fin S.A. Group (Poland, 2007); Rotate Ltd (Dublin); Boada Industrial S.A (Spain); ZPV Group (Czech Republic); Mercia Engineering Supplies Limited ( UK).
  • 2008 - Centre Roulement (France); Walser (Austria); HandelsondernemingOtten B.V. (Netherlands); CBS Rotary Power Motion Ltd ( UK); Tecnoforniture Srl (Italy); plus a 25%share in CN Industrial Group srl, (Romania).
  • 2011 - Buck & Hickman (UK) a leading UK distributor of industrial products, operating predominantly in the Tools and General Maintenance MRO market.
  • 2014 - Lonne Holding AS (“Lonne”) a leading distributor of OEM and MRO industrial products, operating predominantly in Norway and Sweden with further operations in Finland and Denmark.