What’s going on at Border Hydraulics?
Border Hydraulics and Pneumatics has come a long way in the past decade, undergoing a series of transitions that have ensured its position as one of the biggest independent distributors of industrial and hydraulic hose, fittings and fluid power equipment in the UK. The latest transition see’s Border and Parkland Engineering join the KIOWA Group and in January 2015 Border Hydraulics and Pneumatics began trading as a Kiowa company.
The Kiowa Group
Kiowa Ltd, started as a supplier of industrial hose to local customers in 1992, based in Lincolnshire, UK. Since then they haven’t looked back, going from strength to strength and establishing themselves as a national company that has the capacity and capability to service large organisations whilst maintaining a personal edge. Today the KIOWA Group supply industrial hose, hose assemblies and fluid power products to a diverse range of industries across the globe.
The success of Kiowa has come from investment in the latest systems, e-commerce website and assembly machinery, as well as their manufacturing and storage units. This has enabled them to stock more products and manufacture large frame hose reels and large bore hoses.
What does this mean for Border?
The addition of Kiowa and Parkland further strengthens Borders capabilities within the industry, offering greater capacity, increased stock levels, a more expansive range of products, and improved systems. These improvements will support the group’s goal of providing customers with localised branches and service centers. Border’s current product range will continue to be available as before and key contacts will remain in place. Customers will also gain the support of a wider network of experience and people to call upon for guidance in their local area.
With a long established history within the forestry industry, Border Hydraulics & Pneumatics Ltd, (more commonly known as Border) have been providing a wide range of hydraulic, pneumatic and industrial equipment to the UK since 1975.
Now part of the Kiowa Group which includes Parkland Engineering, Border not only has the backing of two well aligned companies with their extensive knowledge and experience of industrial products they also have a national support network of 6 branches – Aberdeen, Carlisle, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sleaford, Teesside.
This ensures localised delivery and reduced lead times to their customers through next day timed deliveries.
For customers wanting to assemble their own hydraulic hoses Border supplies Gates and O+P self-assembly machinery and offers Gates Safe Hydraulics training courses.
With extensive experience in hydraulics, pneumatics and fluid power related products the KIOWA group has the ability to offer technical solutions that add real value to the customer, they include; improving aesthetics, increasing the lifespan of the product, extending warranties, leak free guarantees and lowering total cost.
Largest independent distributor
Gates products offer a wide range of important benefits including:
- Longer lasting hoses in tough conditions with abrasion resistant covers that are 300 times the industry standard.
- More compact assemblies for easier routing, with industry leading bend radius capabilities.
- Leak free warranties
- Easy selection and assembly, with couplings and hose that are designed to work together.
- Synthetic and Biodegradable oil compatible hoses.
Customers who have worked with Kiowa will understand how they work in a different way to other companies within in the same arena; their integrity and work ethic ensures that everyone within the industry benefits from differentiated service levels, pricing that is equal to the quality of the products, (which are mainly sourced from within Europe), short lead times on delivery and shared knowledge through Kiowa’s experienced sales teams and the training offered. All of which has built long lasting relationships with customers.
Border offer the full range of Gates self-assembly machinery, from the mobile field service MC 1001,the no-skive 1” spiral hose swagger MCX 20 and the 1” starter crimper MCX 25 for mobile service through to the full service workshop crimper MCX 50 which comes complete with a range of accessories and cutting machinery.
Border is also the exclusive distributor for O+P swaging and cutting machinery. O+P has over 30 years’ experience in the hydraulics industry. Made in compliance with the EC standards, all of O+P’s products are capable of simultaneously guaranteeing quality, innovation and safety due to the fact that all mechanical parts are manufactured through Sinde srl a specifically incorporated company.
Combined with training from both companies through O+P and Gates Safe Hydraulics courses, the service is second to none. Border, Parkland and Kiowa look forward to continuing to serve you in the years to come as The Kiowa Group and embark on an exciting new relationship together.