BPX

The BPX Timeline

The Company was formed by Bill Collins as BPG Electro Mechanical Supply Company Ltd. 
on 8th November 1965. 

          1966              
BPG Electro Mechanical Supply Co employs its first member of staff and opens in a tiny triangular-shaped office in Marjorie Street, Leicester. 

1967
BPG Electro Mechanical Supply Co. splits from joint founders BPG and becomes BPX Electro Mechanical Co. Ltd 

1967
BPX becomes the UK's first Telemecanique distributor

1968
BPX adds the key distributorships of Klippon Terminals (later to become Weidmuller) and Keyswitch relays

1970
The BPX “Superior Service” logo is born

1971
Leicester Switch & Control becomes the first subsidiary of the BPX Group manufacturing control panels and systems. 

1975
BPX Nottingham becomes the company’s first branch office. 

1986
BPX passes £1M sales of Telemecanique control equipment. 

1987
BPX moves to current head office in Ross Walk with 20,000 sq ft warehouse 

1989
BPX signs distributorship with Mitsubishi for distribution of PLCs, Inverters, and factory automation equipment. 

1990
Controls and Drives is formed and becomes the third BPX Group business specialising in the provision of automation services, support and training. 

1990
BPX passes £2M sales of Telemecanique control equipment. 

1991
BPX Leeds opens as the Mitsubishi Distributor in Yorkshire. 

1994
BPX takes over the business of Network Electrical and BPX Stoke opens as the Mitsubishi distributor for Staffordshire. 

1994
BPX Northampton opens with a branch almost at the foot of the Express Lifts tower as the appointed Telemecanique distributor for Northamptonshire. 

1995
Ranger Computer systems is formed as the BPX Group's computer division distributing PC's, network products, and software to industrial customers. 

1997
BPX signs historic £2M contract with Boots PLC for the design, development and installation of energy saving systems and the BPX Energy Division is born. 

1998
BPX Sheffield opens to expand the BPX Mitsubishi distributorship in Yorkshire. 

2001
BPX Sheffield and BPX Leeds move to a new regional headquarters in Wakefield incorporating Mitsubishi’s Northern Regional Office

2003
Leicester Switch and Control relocates to bigger manufacturing premises, so increasing the BPX warehousing area. 

2005
BPX Slough branch opens on the UK’s largest Industrial Estate and becomes the fourth Schneider distributorship in the network. 

2007
BPX welcomed the management of Schneider Electric Ltd to BPX’s Leicester HQ to mark the company’s achievement of £3M purchases of Schneider control and automation product in 2006. 

2008
BPX acquires the company Prolocon Systems Ltd. The Prolocon location complements the existing seven distribution branches and becomes the new BPX Hertfordshire branch based in Welwyn Garden City. 

2010
BPX opens its ninth branch with an expansion into East Anglia and a new office at Newmarket, reinforcing the position of BPX as the UK’s largest Mitsubishi distributor.

2012
999 Automation is launched as the specialist online brand of BPX

2013
BPX Wakefield moves to larger, self-contained premises

2014
BPX Manchester is formed from the purchase by BPX of JK Electrical the longstanding Schneider distributor in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

2015
Red8RF is formed as a diversification by the BPX Group into the field of RF Dielectric heating

2015
BPX celebrates its 50th anniversary

2016
BPX Slough moves to larger premises to support it's growing customer base

2017
BPX Ireland opens for business to deliver first class products and support to the the Irish republic