Our History


Monks & Crane Industrial Group, with over 150 years of experience.

The company began in 1862 as engineering file manufacturers, trading from small premises in Redditch. During the 1920’s the business expanded its product portfolio to include a wide range of Hand Tools. In the 1950’s Monks & Crane expanded rapidly, with new branches opening throughout the UK, whilst at the same time developing the expansion of its product offering into the Cutting Tool market. Throughout this period, the business was recognised as the market leader in Engineering Distribution. During the 1980’s & whilst owned by Thorn EMI, the business undertook a Management Buy-Out and was listed on the Unlisted Securities Market.
In 1990 Würth GmbH acquired the company and began a re-organisation of the business, quickly becoming the ‘first choice’ for Industrial Buyers. In September 2018 Monks & Crane became part of the GIL Investments portfolio of businesses and continues its dedication to developing long- standing and mutually rewarding relationships with its customers.