Our History


When you do business with Monks & Crane Industrial Group, you are dealing with an organisation with over 150 years experience.

The Company began as file manufacturers trading in small premises in Redditch in 1862. During the 1920’s the business extended into Hand Tools and in the 1950’s expanded rapidly – opening offices throughout the UK and developing into the Cutting Tool market. Through this period the business was recognised as the market leader in Engineering Distribution. During the 1980’s the business passed out of the ownership of Thorn EMI and re-emerged as a Management Buy Out and was listed on the Unlisted Securities Market.

Member Of The Wurth Group

In 1990 Würth GmbH acquired the Company and began the re-organisation of the business in order to place it as the ‘first choice’ for Industrial Buyers. In the mid 1990’s, Würth GmbH reorganised the management of Monks and Crane and since that date, this well respected organisation has undergone fundamental change and today stands at the head of its market as a ‘Full Provider to Industry’.

Wurth Group Member