History

For over 90 years since its foundation, the Rawlplug ® brand has been synonymous with innovation, reliability and safety in the development and manufacture of construction anchors and ancillary products.

In 1919, The Rawlplug Company Ltd was born after John J. Rawlings development of the first ever specialist wall fixing. His revolutionary Fibre Plug was the product from which the modern range of Rawlplug fixings was to develop. The company expanded dramatically and today it is one of the world’s leading fixing manufacturers distributing its products on every continent. Innovation remains at the heart of Rawlplug’s success, including significant developments of torque controlled anchors and bonded anchor systems for safety critical applications.

1887: Rawling Brothers started out in London as a small firm of plumbers
1887 story picture Rawlings Brothers started out in London as a small firm of plumbers, broadening their services in response to the changing technological demands. By 1910 the repertoire of Rawlings Brothers Ltd included electrical, sanitary, general engineering, building and decorating. 
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1910: Invention of the Rawlplug®
1910 story picture John Joseph Rawlings, an engineer and building contractor, was engaged by the British Museum to attach electrical fittings to the walls of the museum, in an unobtrusive manner and without damaging the masonry, which was difficult using the traditional method. John J. Rawlings solved the problem by inventing a fibre plug made of jute - known from that day as the Rawlplug. The jute tube weakened along its length by being drawn from reels through a die. Only a small hole was needed to accommodate the plug - this could be made easily and quickly. The screw could be driven into the Rawlplug just as simply as if into wood but the fixing immensely stronger!Rawlings’ idea was that ‘expansion means grip’, as the plug was designed to fully fit the rough outline of the hole not occupied by the screw.
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1911: The world's first expansion plug was patented by Rawling Brothers { 22680/11
1911 story picture John Rawlings ' idea worked and the first expansion plug was patented by Rawlings Brothers in 1911 (Patent number - 22680/11), which was granted in January 14th 1913.
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1912: Trademark registration
1912 story picture The Rawlplug trade mark was registered and the fibre plug met with immediate success. It was a product for all types of masonry providing a simple answer to thousands of fixing problems. The plug was a perfect product for the busy building industry, and it rapidly revolutionised the marking of fixings into masonry. 
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1919: Rawling Brothers changed company name to the Rawlplug Company Ltd
1919 story picture Rawlings Brothers changed the Rawlplug branch of the company to The Rawlplug Company Ltd., operating from Gloucester House in the Cromwell Road and a factory works in Lenthall Place.
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1920': Massive advertising
1920' story picture Thousands of pounds were spent on demonstration and advertising to promote the small plug that could make a stronger fixing than the much larger wood plug used at the time. In its early days, the company caused a trade sensation by taking a whole front page of the Daily Mail. This paved the way for the retail stockists to advertise in such a manner. The Rawlplug was promoted as an absolutely firm fixing. Rawlplug and the company’s associated products quickly became a global success story.
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1920': Large scale production started
1920' story picture Demand grew rapidly and large scale production was started in 1920. Rawlings' Rawlplugs started as a worldwide industry and the word "Rawlplug" was added to many languages as a generic term for fixings.
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1930': The Rawlplug Company developed and introduced the first ever mechanical anchor to the market - Rawlbolt
1930' story picture The increasing use of the then new material, reinforced concrete, led to the development and introduction of the Rawlbolt Anchor - the first ever mechanical fixing launched on the market. Rawlbolt overcame many of the problems associated with this then new kind of substrate, like fixing machinery to floors and walls. In 1934 the Rawlbolt was patented (GB 444623). It consisted of a tubular metal shell divided lengthways into four segments which pressed outwards as the bolt was tightened.
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1934: Rawlbolt patent { GB 444623 1937: Rawlplug® offers complete range of fixings, accessories & tools
1937 story picture Rawlplug was a listed exhibitor at the British Industries Fairs presenting a massive rage of innovating products: Rawlplugs, Rawlbolts, mechanical hammer, drills, wall tools, Durofix plastic wood, electric soldering iron, Frostolac bathroom fittings
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1967: Production started for the first plug made from extruded plastic
1967 story picture Production started for the first plugs made from extruded plastic, replacing the fibre of the original plug.
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1969: The UK manufacturing base was opened in Glasgow 1970's: Development of heavy duty anchors range: Rawlplug's SafetyPlus, R-HPT, Chemical anchors
1970's story picture The development of the heavy duty anchors range was enriched with the Rawlplug’s Safety Plus anchor for safety critical applications, the R-HPT throughbolt and bonded anchors. 
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1980's: First UK manufacturer with ETA
1980's story picture Rawlplug became the first UK manufacturer to obtain European Technical Approval for cracked and non-cracked concrete, when ETA was granted for R-HPT throughbolt.
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1998: The product and the name "Rawlplug" ® became household names
DIY activity became of great importance and the product and the name "Rawlplug" became household names
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2005: Rawlplug became part of the Koelner Group
Rawlplug became part of the Koelner Group which gives new expansion opportunities to the company and the chance to offer a greater range of products.
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1887

Rawling Brothers started out in London as a small firm of plumbers

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Rawling Brothers1887
1887 story picture

Rawlings Brothers started out in London as a small firm of plumbers, broadening their services in response to the changing technological demands. By 1910 the repertoire of Rawlings Brothers Ltd included electrical, sanitary, general engineering, building and decorating. 

1910

Invention of the Rawlplug®

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Invention of The Rawlplug1910
1910 story picture

John Joseph Rawlings, an engineer and building contractor, was engaged by the British Museum to attach electrical fittings to the walls of the museum, in an unobtrusive manner and without damaging the masonry, which was difficult using the traditional method. John J. Rawlings solved the problem by inventing a fibre plug made of jute - known from that day as the Rawlplug. The jute tube weakened along its length by being drawn from reels through a die. Only a small hole was needed to accommodate the plug - this could be made easily and quickly. The screw could be driven into the Rawlplug just as simply as if into wood but the fixing immensely stronger!
Rawlings’ idea was that ‘expansion means grip’, as the plug was designed to fully fit the rough outline of the hole not occupied by the screw.

1911

The world's first expansion plug was patented by Rawling Brothers { 22680/11

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The Expansion Plug Patent1911
1911 story picture

John Rawlings ' idea worked and the first expansion plug was patented by Rawlings Brothers in 1911 (Patent number - 22680/11), which was granted in January 14th 1913.

1912

Trademark registration

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Trademark Registration1912
1912 story picture

The Rawlplug trade mark was registered and the fibre plug met with immediate success. It was a product for all types of masonry providing a simple answer to thousands of fixing problems. The plug was a perfect product for the busy building industry, and it rapidly revolutionised the marking of fixings into masonry. 

1919

Rawling Brothers changed company name to the Rawlplug Company Ltd

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The Rawlplug Company Ltd1919
1919 story picture

Rawlings Brothers changed the Rawlplug branch of the company to The Rawlplug Company Ltd., operating from Gloucester House in the Cromwell Road and a factory works in Lenthall Place.

1920'

Massive advertising

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Massive Advertising1920'
1920' story picture

Thousands of pounds were spent on demonstration and advertising to promote the small plug that could make a stronger fixing than the much larger wood plug used at the time. In its early days, the company caused a trade sensation by taking a whole front page of the Daily Mail. This paved the way for the retail stockists to advertise in such a manner.
The Rawlplug was promoted as an absolutely firm fixing. Rawlplug and the company’s associated products quickly became a global success story.

1920'

Large scale production started

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Large scale production1920'
1920' story picture

Demand grew rapidly and large scale production was started in 1920. Rawlings' Rawlplugs started as a worldwide industry and the word "Rawlplug" was added to many languages as a generic term for fixings.

1930'

The Rawlplug Company developed and introduced the first ever mechanical anchor to the market - Rawlbolt

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Invention of The Rawlbolt1930'
1930' story picture

The increasing use of the then new material, reinforced concrete, led to the development and introduction of the Rawlbolt Anchor - the first ever mechanical fixing launched on the market. Rawlbolt overcame many of the problems associated with this then new kind of substrate, like fixing machinery to floors and walls.

In 1934 the Rawlbolt was patented (GB 444623). It consisted of a tubular metal shell divided lengthways into four segments which pressed outwards as the bolt was tightened.

1934

Rawlboltpatent { GB 444623

1937

Rawlplug® offers complete range of fixings, accessories & tools

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Complete range of fixings, accessories & tools1937
1937 story picture

Rawlplug was a listed exhibitor at the British Industries Fairs presenting a massive rage of innovating products: Rawlplugs, Rawlbolts, mechanical hammer, drills, wall tools, Durofix plastic wood, electric soldering iron, Frostolac bathroom fittings

1967

Production started for the first plug made from extruded plastic

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The first plastic plug1967
1967 story picture

Production started for the first plugs made from extruded plastic, replacing the fibre of the original plug.

1969

The UK manufacturing base was opened in Glasgow

1970's

Development of heavy duty anchors range: Rawlplug's SafetyPlus, R-HPT, Chemical anchors

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Development of heavy duty anchors1970's
1970's story picture

The development of the heavy duty anchors range was enriched with the Rawlplug’s Safety Plus anchor for safety critical applications, the R-HPT throughbolt and bonded anchors. 

1980's

First UK manufacturer with ETA

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1980's
1980's story picture

Rawlplug became the first UK manufacturer to obtain European Technical Approval for cracked and non-cracked concrete, when ETA was granted for R-HPT throughbolt.

1998

The product and the name "Rawlplug" ® became household names

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1998

DIY activity became of great importance and the product and the name "Rawlplug" became household names

2005

Rawlplug became part of the Koelner Group

2005

Rawlplug became part of the Koelner Group which gives new expansion opportunities to the company and the chance to offer a greater range of products.