Half a Century of Manufacturing Excellence

Published - 4th Oct 2023

We are thrilled to mark a significant milestone – 50 years since our inception in 1973.

Our journey began when our founder, Dan McCauley, started the business with a modest £2000 overdraft. We quickly outgrew our initial premises, prompting a relocation to Bampton, a move that played a pivotal role in establishing Rotolok as a key player in the bulk handling industry. Our commitment to UK-based manufacturing has driven us to expand through strategic acquisitions of associated companies like Solitec Engineering, Roots, and Blo-Tech. Through these acquisitions, we’ve been able to provide complete turnkey solutions to our valued customers both in the UK and abroad.

Venturing into the US market allowed us to uphold our strategy of reinvestment. We acquired state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, including laser cutting and CNC machining centres. Our ownership of a foundry further enabled us to maintain control over the entire manufacturing process, from initial casting to final assembly, ensuring that we consistently deliver high-quality valves with short delivery times.

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Investing in our people has always been a core value at Rotolok. We take immense pride in our ongoing apprenticeship program, which has seen many apprentices grow and stay with our company. Our highly skilled employees are the backbone of our success, and as we continue to expand, we remain committed to our identity as a family business.

Our move to our current 50,000 square foot headquarters in Tiverton has allowed us to meet the growing demand for our high-quality, British-made equipment and provides room for future growth. Recent investments, such as a state-of-the-art robotic welding cell, reflect our dedication to our future, our workforce, and our customers.

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Reflecting on this remarkable milestone, Sean Swales, Rotolok Group Managing Director, shared, “We look back on our last 50 years with immense pride, but we also look forward with excitement and determination. The future holds endless possibilities, and we are well-equipped to embrace new challenges and seize emerging opportunities in this ever-changing and challenging business landscape.”

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