Flowtech 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.


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


  • Exclusive Rectus distributorship agreed


  • Company name changed to IPL Fluid Power Ltd


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


  • First catalogue launched with distributor branding


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Distributor referral system implemented for end user and OEM sales


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


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


  • 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


  • Acquisition of Flowtechnology Benelux


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • Biggest ever FTUK catalogue launched
    • 60,000 product lines
    • 4000 new products
  • New FTUK App launched
    • In-app barcode scanner
    • Use offline to build an order and checkout later when you have connectivity
    • See product code, list price, description and nett price (at checkout)


  • No quibble returns policy introduced


  • Flowtechnology UK rebranded to Flowtech