Rawlplug celebrates its centennial

Rawlplug turns 100

Bogdan Nyczaj, business development director Rawlplug Global, Henk Van Rensburg, Rawlplug ambassador, Grant Harris, Rawlplug brand manager, Werner Pretorius, Rawlplug ambassador, Quintin van der Schyff, Rawlplug ambassador, Tremaine Arjunan, Rawlplug ambassador.

Rawlplug is celebrating its 100th anniversary and has much to be proud of. From humble beginnings to a company with over 30 000 products available to the market today, it shares a rich heritage of innovation. 

By 1910 Rawlings Brothers Ltd was already a flourishing engineering, building and decorating company. However, that same year John Joseph Rawlings was contracted by the British Museum to fix electrical fittings to the walls in as unobtrusive manner as possible. The constraints of this brief led directly to the invention and patenting of the Rawlplug and a revolution in the construction industry.

With the invention of the first mechanical anchor, the Rawlbolt, in 1930 (still in use today) the company name became synonymous with reliable fixing and fastening. Through the decades that followed, the changes in ownership, the strides forward in technology and construction, the rise of DIY, the basic strength and philosophy of what Rawlplug stands for has never wavered. It is over a century since John Rawlings had that flash of inspiration, Rawlplug is still about innovation and Rawlplug products are completely trusted to do the job.

John Joseph Rawlings was a visionary, an inventor and an entrepreneur – Renaissance man in the business of fastenings. He was the man who invented the first dowel in the world, forever inscribing himself into the history of the construction industry. Good was not enough for him. He was ahead of his time. He created a new standard of customer service in the broadly understood fastening sector – service based not only on providing customers with the most modern solutions, but on complete support related to their use. His values included focus on innovation, a dialogue with the client, understanding his needs, simplicity and producing the highest quality solutions. Over the last 100 years these values have continued to support the development of the Rawlplug brand and its expansion into markets around the world.

For 100 years Rawlplug has been synonymous with quality and experience. The company is a globally recognised brand and one of the market leaders in an industry it helped create over a century ago.

From its humble beginnings 100 years ago Rawlplug continues to be the brand of choice for both professionals and amateurs.

Rawlplug invented the first expansion plug, the first mechanical anchor and the first drywall fixing and its long and proud history of innovation continues.

Investment in its production facilities and research and development centres means that new and innovative fastening solutions are being created all the time.

Additionally, a strong commitment to sustainability guarantees that its products and processes are developed responsibly.

The Rawlplug brand was created in 1919 in the UK and quickly established an international presence. Today it has subsidiaries and distributors across the world responsible for the design, development, production, delivery, sale, installation and service of its products. Rawlplug solutions continue to set the direction of development for the fixings market.

Trust and innovation

The company sees a strong connection between Rawlplug’s long heritage and its present ambitions for sustainable development. It employs a strategy of responsible management and has a healthy and respectful relationship with its surroundings and the company believes that these qualities contribute to a secure future for everyone.

Rawlplug openly share’s its knowledge and support with customers in choosing the appropriate fixings and preparing projects. Regardless of the size of the job, Rawlplug guarantees the safety and reliability of its products for long-term operation.

What does Rawlplug do?

Rawlplug offers a wide range of products and services to an equally wide customer base. Listening to the needs of the market helps it to design, manufacture and distribute innovative fixing solutions.

  • The product range – fixings, fasteners, tools and power tools includes over 30,000 items.
  • This comprehensive range is characterised by excellent technical parameters confirmed by leading certifying bodies.
  • Rawlplug retains direct control over its products by designing and manufacturing them at its own facilities.

This helps Rawlplug to focus on creating products which meet the unique or specific requirements of its customers.

During the last century a lot has changed in the construction industry but one fact remains the same – Rawlplug are experts in the fastening sector.  Products, services and training are the three pillars the company is built on to achieve consistent performance excellence that will satisfy the expectations of the most demanding customers.

During the last century a lot has changed in the construction industry but one fact remains the same – Rawlplug are experts in the fastening sector.  Products, services and training are the three pillars the company is built on to achieve consistent performance excellence that will satisfy the expectations of the most demanding customers.



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