Since opening its doors in 1886
Foster Industrial is the Uk's longest established distributor of welding equipment and consumables and celebrates 130 years in business this year.
Founded in 1886 by Joseph Foster, as coal merchants, it remains a thriving family firm with fourth generation great grandsons, Richard & Charles commanding the helm for over 25 years.
The business now supplies welding equipment & consumables to over one thousand nationwide customers, whilst making daily gas cyllnder deliveries to it's East Midlands client base.
With an ambitious growth strategy in mind, Foster Industrial moved to a 15,000 square foot distribution centre & gas cylinder hub near Loughborough in 2011, positioning itself in the heart of the East Midlands. With 50% extra floor space, increased stock levels & a enhanced management team, the business has gone from strength to strength, growing nearly two fold since the move.
Boasting a purpose built trade counter, state of the art showroom, live demonstration area, split level workshop & superb meeting facilities- it's premises are amongst the best the welding supply industry can offer.
Foster Industrial has introduced a number of new initiatives over the past twelve months, as it constantly monitors welding industry changes & developments looking for ways to add value.
The launch of the Foster own brand premium welding products was a pivotal moment for the firm in terms of it's presence in the market place, whilst an investment of over £100,000 in delivery vehicles illustrates that service is the cornerstone of it's business. With the market leaning more & more toward online purchase, Foster has recently enhanced it's e-commerce capability with the addition of advanced product search & one stop checkout, making purchasing quicker and more convenient than ever.
"The launch of Foster own brand premium welding products was a pivotal moment for the firm"
Air Products Gases
Back in the day, when Beeching rationalised the raliway network, Foster Industrial used vast quantities of oxygen & acetylene for cutting up the track.
Now over 50 years on, we reside as Air Product's longest established supplier of industrial gases in the United Kingdom, supplying a range of innovative gases & technically advanced cylinders to East Midlands industry, from our Shepshed facility based near Loughborough.
With two purpose built 18 tonne gas delivery trucks capable of palletised loading and quick turnaround, we deliver around 2500 a month to local business. Clients are also welcome to collect.
With experienced drivers also acting as customer account managers, offering a 14 hour delivery window and emergency call out service, we insure that customers in Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire are never left wanting.
Recent advances in Air Product's IT infrastructure allow live stock replenishment & top up deliveries to Foster Industrial's yard stock, meaning our customers can be serviced on a immediate basis. We stock Air Product's industry standard gas mixtures such as; Argon, Cougar, Carbon dioxide, Helium, Nitrogen, Acetylene, Oxygen & Propane.
Cylinder technology & gas mixture innovation is at the heart of Air Products proposition & here's a flavour of their offering:
Maxx shielding mixtures
Maxx shielding gas offers improved safety, quality & productivity. This range gives superb weld qaulity, excellent penetration, minimal spatter & very low fume levels.
An advancement in gas welding safety offering similar contents as a traditional cylinder, but 23% lighter in weight. They are shorter & more stable, with no regulators required, as they built into the cylinder. Further safety enhancements include the provision of integrated flashback arrestors, supplied as standard on all Oxygen & Acetylene bottles.
Argon Integra XtraLite
The most portable cylinder of them all. Weighing in up to 5kg lighter than traditional 10 litre cylinders, and helping to meet the EU's manual handling regulations.