One particularly damp day in 1986, a wire-salesman and budding entrepreneur named Hugh Facey found himself on a wet hillside in Wales discussing the woes of fencing with a frustrated farmer. Aggravated by cumbersome ways of joining fence wires by bending and knotting, he bemoaned the lack of alternatives. Hugh listened intently, convinced he could think up a better way of connecting two pieces of wire together. The seeds had been planted, and the idea for the Gripple was born.
Developed over the next two years in a small corner of Estate Wire, Sheffield, the original Gripple was launched in the UK in 1988. Three years later, Gripple Ltd. came into existence, and throughout the 1990s the name Gripple became synonymous with fencing and trellising. Not wanting to rest on our laurels, despite being a trail-blazer in the realms of agriculture and viticulture, we soon realised the potential of the industrial market too. In 1998 we entered the world of construction with a series of load-rated kits spawned from our rope-grip device, designed exclusively for hanging mechanical and electrical services, and took the market by storm.
Right from the very beginning, we’ve received numerous accolades for our originality, verve and enterprise, making us a true multi-award winning company. This is in no small part thanks to our core values and philosophy, which have remained the same throughout – to us, innovation is so much more than a simple buzzword; it’s the foundation of our culture.