History of BKW

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Celebrating Over 90 Years of Trading

2018 marked 90 years of trading for BKW Instruments. In recognition of this significant milestone we want to thank all our customers and Partners for their continuous support in getting us to where we are today. Our passionate team of employees are proud of our success and the work we do. That is why Our People make the Difference. Take a look back on our history timeline to where it all began in 1928, as Baker, Kelly & Wallis Limited. The timeline shows how we have progressed as a company over the years.

Company History of BKW Instruments Ltd

February 2

Baker, Kelly & Wallis Limited

Baker, Kelly & Wallis founded in 1928

Founded following MBO from Heap & Partners forming an engineering company supporting the significant local textile industry.

November 27

First Exhibition

First Exhibition

This post-war image shows our stand at a local trade exhibition.

May 5

Bespoke Valve Solutions

Bespoke Valve Solutions

Bespoke valve solutions modified from stock. BKW supplied Saunders Valves to all the sites for ICI North England.

August 8

External Sales Team

External Sales Team

Invested in growing the external technical sales team to capture the opportunity of the rapidly expanding chemical & petrochemical industries.

October 10

Instrumentation Division

Instrumentation Division

Invested in a new Instrumentation Division following the success of our substantial process valve engineering business.

February 2

WIKA Appoints BKW

WIKA Partnership

UK partner for the North of England, this is the longest partnership for BKW.

May 5

New Diaphragm Seal Facility

Diaphragm Seal Facility

BKW become a centre of excellence for Diaphragm Seal Assemblies.

September 9

Emerson Appoints BKW

Emerson Appoints BKW 1998

The FIRST ADC partner for Rosemount, Fisher and MicroMotion products.

November 11

Invest in Modern Manufacturing

RH A5 32

Substantial investment in our temperature manufacturing capability.

April 4

BKW Service Division

BKW Service Division

Service division is launched providing service and repair capabilities for our customers.

March 1

Flow Division Acquisition

Flow Rig

Following the successful acquisitions of Pleatward Calibration Services and Tekniflo Limited.

January 1

BKW Celebrate 80 Years of Trading

Celebrating 80 years

BKW celebrate being opened for 80 years of trading with a 1920’s themed party.

September 9

BKW Expansion Project

BKW Expansion Project

State of the art sales, customer service and training environment to facilitate our plans for the future. This has doubled manufacturing space for pressure, temperature, instrumentation and new test & calibration facilities.

November 1

Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing

Ensure our customers continue to receive a fast, flexible and efficient service through Lean Manufacturing.

April 4

Technological Advancements in our ERP

Technological Advancements in our ERP

We have made Technological Advancements by developing custom software directly integrated into our ERP System. This has dramatically, organised and accelerated everyday processes and tasks. We are continuing to implement these projects throughout the business.

August 8

QuickShip Launch

QuickShip flyer - products

Our stock holding has been increased to offer comprehensive stock availability of over £1M Pressure & Temperature instrumentation as part of our QuickShip Facility.

Delivered within 48 hours!

December 6

New Engineering Innovation Team

BKW Engineering Innovative Team

Design bespoke engineered solutions for the most challenging applications.

January 1

QuickBuild Launch

QuickBuild Launch

New QuickBuild Facility enabling BKW to design, assemble, test and calibrate instrumentation including diaphragm seals, pressure and temperature solutions from stock.

Delivered within 3-5 days!

September 9

Parliamentary Review

Parliamentary Review 2018

BKW Instruments shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review.

September 1

Brooks Instrument Appoints BKW as UK partner

Brooks Partnership

2019 marked the beginning of a proud partnership for BKW with Brooks Instrument supplying premium flow measurement and control equipment to the process industries, educational & research establishments and laboratories across the UK

May 1

QuickBuild Stage 2 Launch

2019 QB Stage 2

Moving forward we plan on substantial investment over the next few years to help with processes and continue as a leading instrumentation provider in the North of England. Our next aim to fulfil this is to enhance our QuickBuild capability to include other instrumentation solutions from our stock.