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Maarten Bode appointed CEO Rubix DACH

Latest promotion to the management committee demonstrates depth of talent across the Group After five years in leadership roles across markets and functions, Maarten Bode is appointed CEO of Rubix Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH). He will join the management committee, reporting to Group CEO Franck Voisin. Joining Rubix from Bain in 2018, where he

Rubix retains EcoVadis gold

Having achieved gold for the first time in 2022, Rubix maintains the rating for a second year. We’re delighted to announce that we have retained our EcoVadis gold medal with a score of 71. EcoVadis ratings are used widely by European manufacturers when assessing suppliers for new contracts and renewals. Our score places us in

Alexandre Labasse appointed CEO Rubix France

Alexandre Labasse has been CFO of Rubix France for the past five years Following the promotion of Franck Voisin to Rubix Group CEO, Alexandre Labasse is appointed CEO Rubix France, effective immediately. For the past five years Alexandre has been CFO of the French business. Over that period, he played an instrumental role in delivering

Changes to the board of directors

Franck Voisin appointed Group CEO; Katy Phillips appointed Group CFO Effective 1 October 2023, Franck Voisin, previously CEO Rubix France, is appointed Group CEO and Katy Phillips, previously Group Financial Controller, is appointed Group CFO. Both Franck and Katy will join the board at that time. Martin Thomsen and Andrew Silverbeck, previously Group CEO and

Rubix publishes 2023 ESG Report

We are delighted to announce the publication of our 2023 environmental, social and governance (ESG) report, highlighting the progress we have made towards our ESG objectives, including the development of  science-based climate targets. In this, our third annual ESG Report, we are proud to highlight the strides we have taken to accelerate Europe’s green industrial

Rubix UK acquires Gapp Automation Ltd

Rubix UK has acquired Gapp Automation Ltd, a specialist technical distributor of motion, control and automation (MCA) solutions, as part of the Group’s network development strategy. Established in 2008, Gapp is a leading supplier of automation and drives solutions to the UK and Irish markets. The business focuses on machine controls, visualisation, electrical drives, linear

White paper: Quick wins to cut energy waste

Industrial motor-driven systems – including compressors, pumps and fans – are typically only around 36% efficient. With the right interventions, they can be optimised to hit 72%. This cuts energy waste, reduces cost and limits emissions. At a time when the energy crisis threatens to slow – or even reverse – progress on environmental and

Rubix launches sustainability mark

As Europe’s leading distributor of industrial products and services, Rubix has both an opportunity and a responsibility to support the green transformation of industry. The new sustainability mark will make it easier for customers to identify the services that will have a positive impact on their efforts to achieve environmental objectives. It is a tangible

Rubix acquires Italian tools specialist SCR

As part of the Group’s growth strategy, Rubix has acquired SCR Tools, which includes a majority stake in tooling services provider S.A.I.FRA International. Founded in 1999 and located in Brescia, with a branch in Bergamo, SCR is an established distributor of cutting tools and associated products and services. The business holds a majority stake in

Rubix awarded first EcoVadis gold

We’re delighted to announce the we have been ranked ‘gold’ by EcoVadis for the first time. Our score of 71 is up seven points on 2021. EcoVadis ratings are used widely by European manufacturers when assessing suppliers for new contracts and renewals. Our score places us in the top two per cent of companies rated

Vince McGurk appointed CEO of Rubix UKII

He joined Rubix in 2019 as COO for the UK, Ireland and Iceland (UKII). Following three years as COO, Vince McGurk has been appointed CEO for Rubix UKII. He will report directly to Group CEO Martin Thomsen and sit on the Group management committee. With extensive experience in the manufacturing and logistics sectors, he started

Rubix acquires French adhesives specialist Lima

As part of the Group’s growth strategy, Rubix has acquired ADL, holding company of Lima Adhesifs – a leading French distributor of adhesive tape solutions. Lima is a well-known highly-technical, service-led business specialising in the customisation and distribution of adhesive tapes. The product offer includes functional, eco-friendly, masking and packaging tapes while services include cutting,

Rubix acquires HEC to expand Spanish services offer

As part of the Group’s growth strategy, Rubix has acquired compressed air specialist Holding Europeo de Compressores (HEC). The acquisition brings a new specialism to our customers in Spain while complementing our existing services offer in the flow category. HEC has a strong track record of reducing costs and carbon emissions for its customers, supporting

André Thönes appointed CEO for Rubix in DACH

Following a comprehensive search, André Thönes is appointed CEO for Rubix in DACH. He will start on 7 March, joining the Group management committee and reporting to Group COO Gatien Gillon. André brings over two decades of experience in B2B distribution with electrical distribution specialist, Sonepar. Most recently, he was the chief commercial officer of

Rubix acquires West Country Tool Co. Ltd. in the UK

Rubix has acquired West Country Tool Co. Ltd (WCT), a leading independent specialist distributor of cutting tools, as part of the Group’s network development strategy. Established in 1974, WCT is a leading value-added supplier of cutting tools and related products across the south of England. The business focuses on indexable carbide tooling and the provision

Petean acquisition extends power transmission specialism in Italy

As part of the Group’s network development strategy, Rubix has acquired Parma-headquartered Casa del Cuscinetto Petean S.p.A. to strengthen its presence in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Founded in 1950, the business is a specialist distributor of power transmission products including bearings, linear and pneumatic components, belts and chains, conveyor components and plastics, gearboxes

Tiziano Biasoli appointed CEO of Rubix in Italy

Currently CFO of Rubix in Italy, Tiziano’s appointment is effective 1 January 2022. He will report directly to Group CEO Martin Thomsen and join the Group management committee. Tiziano replaces Marco Minetti who will remain with Rubix, reporting to Tiziano. Marco will have responsibility for the further integration and growth of the Italian businesses that

Rubix adds to its hydraulic capabilities in Poland

As part of the Group’s network development strategy, Rubix has acquired Test Systemy Uszczelniające sp. z o.o. (Test) – a leading supplier of specialist seals and hydraulic repair services. Based in Czestochowa, Test provides regeneration and repair services of hydraulic cylinders and supplies hydraulic seals, including in-house customised solutions. The business extends Rubix’s regional capabilities

Rubix acquires Deritend to further strengthen UK engineering services portfolio

Rubix continues to extend its engineering services offer in the UK with the acquisition of Midlands-based Deritend. With sales of more than €12m, Deritend is one of the UK’s longest established and leading providers of engineering repair and replacement solutions, covering a range of specialist product areas including electric motors, pumps, gearboxes, electronic controls and

Acquisition of Magema B.V. strengthens key account capabilities in Benelux region

Rubix has completed the acquisition of Technisch Bureau Magema B.V. Founded in 1982, Magema distributes general maintenance products including tools, consumables, machines and personal protective equipment, as well as warehouse fittings, from renowned brands to key accounts in the Benelux market. In addition, the business provides a wide range of value-added services including bespoke foam

Rubix expands PPE and flow offer in Italy

In line with the Group’s network development strategy, Rubix has acquired PPE distributor Nova Modet and – through a separate transaction – is now the majority shareholder of flow specialist Uniseals. Originally founded in 1988, Nova Modet provides PPE (mostly gloves, workwear, respiratory and head-view protections and shoes) to a wide range of customers, including

Rubix Spain acquires Suministros Navarro

Rubix Spain has acquired Suministros Navarro to strengthen its position across the Levante region, in line with the Group’s network development strategy. Originally founded in 1960, Suministros Navarro provides tools and pneumatics, hydraulics and power transmission products and services to a wide range of customers in the area. With 28 employees working from a single

Rubix UK expands mechatronics offer with Matara

Rubix UK has acquired Matara – a specialist supplier of industrial automation products to UK industry – as part of the Group’s network development strategy. Matara’s focus on linear automation components provides Rubix UK with a significantly expanded footprint in the mechatronics market. Operating out of its purpose-built headquarters in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, Matara was founded

Acquisition of Geeve Hydraulics builds fluid power specialism for Rubix Benelux

Rubix Benelux has acquired Rotterdam-based Geeve Hydraulics, establishing a strong hydraulics offer for Rubix across the region. Geeve is a leading independent hydraulics business and one of Parker’s chosen hydraulics specialists in The Netherlands. Founded in 1996, Geeve distributes hydraulic hoses and components and provides a range of associated services including assembly, certification and repair.

Rubix donates PPE to frontline healthcare workers

Coronavirus has driven demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) to unprecedented levels. With supply chains under pressure, healthcare services across Europe have not been able to access essential PPE through the usual channels. We recognise and celebrate the exceptional effort and personal sacrifices of healthcare workers across Europe, and we are pleased that we can

Rubix Germany completes Gondrom acquisition

On 30 April, Rubix Germany completed the acquisition of Walter Gondrom GmbH & Co. KG, based in Cologne, and the affiliated companies of the Gondrom Group. We announced that we had signed a preliminary agreement to acquire the business on 3 March. The acquisition is in line with the Group’s M&A strategy and develops our

Twenty-four hours to help produce medical ventilators

Within just 24 hours we designed a solution to produce critical components for ventilators and manufactured the bespoke cutting tool inserts. The UK’s national health service has asked manufacturing businesses to help meet the urgent demand for ventilators. Precision engineering business Nasmyth Group called Matrix (acquired in December 2018) on Monday morning – 30 March

Making our scale count for European manufacturing

When it comes to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), the needs of European manufacturers are multiple and complex. Many of our largest customers have agreed framework contracts with us because they believe this is best way to fulfil those needs – last year we more than doubled the number of pan-European contract wins compared to

Developing our network to serve our customers

When it comes to industrial distribution, scale matters. Our customers want technical experts who are close to them, able to advise on products and services and ready to apply solutions to their manufacturing and processing problems. With over 800 locations across 22 European countries, we are close to our customers, wherever they need us. In

Closing the loop on customer satisfaction

Rubix exists to keep the wheels of industry turning, right across Europe. We keep factories and plants up-and-running, and we keep our customers’ businesses moving forward. Without customers, we have no business and we serve no purpose. We try not to miss any opportunity to listen to, and to speak to, our customers. We invite

Rubix Spain acquires Motronic and SMA

With the addition of two branches, Rubix Spain has enhanced its product and service offering across the country. The transactions are in line with the Group’s network development strategy. Motronic Service Sabadell, S.A specialises in the supply, maintenance and condition monitoring of industrial motors and drives. The business also offers a range of automation solutions,

Rubix Ireland acquires RGR Ltd

Rubix Ireland has acquired RGR Ltd – a specialist supplier of industrial adhesives and abrasives – as part of the Group’s network development strategy. RGR has over 30 years’ experience and reported sales of €4.5m in 2018. RGR’s location and expertise make it an excellent fit with the current operations of Rubix Ireland and will

Rubix UK acquires Hydra Engineering Services

Rubix UK has completed the acquisition of specialist hydraulics services supplier, Hydra Engineering Services (Hydraflow Hydraulics), in line with the Group’s network development strategy. Hydraflow Hydraulics specialises in the repair and reconditioning of large cylinders and offers considerable expertise in MRO services. These services include on-site fault-finding and testing of hydraulic pumps, power pack refurbishment,

Rubix Germany completes Lerbs acqusition

Rubix Germany completed the acquisition of the Lerbs Group on 30 October 2019, extending its industry-leading product and service offering. The acquisition includes Lerbs GmbH and all associated companies. Headquartered in Bremen, the Lerbs Group is a full-service supplier of tools, personal & protective equipment, fastening and welding technology products, factory equipment and technical machine

Rubix UK acquires Peter Campbell Sales Ltd.

Rubix UK has completed the acquisition of Peter Campbell Sales Ltd. (PCS). PCS is a leading specialist supplier of metal cutting tools and offers bespoke manufactured solutions across Oil & Gas, Aerospace & Defence, Automotive and Precision Machining industries. Operating from two sites between Airdrie, Scotland, and North East England, PCS also manages around 70

Rubix Spain acquires Cañellas Protecció

The acquisition builds on our existing regional presence and specialism in personal & protective equipment. Cañellas Protecció specialises in occupational risk prevention and has extensive experience of distributing into sectors including food and drink, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Founded by current owner Albert Cañellas in 2012, it has a workforce of 15 people and an annual

Rubix Germany to acquire Lerbs AG

The acquisition, which is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, will enable Rubix Germany to expand its product range across tools, factory equipment and personal & protective equipment (PPE) while increasing its regional expansion in Germany. The transaction is expected to complete in 2019 and includes all associated companies within the Lerbs

Rubix Italy acquires Fluidmec

Rubix Italy has completed the acquisition of Fluidmec SpA, a specialist distributor of industrial products covering pneumatics, hydraulics, automation, gaskets and lubrication. The business, based in Brescia, also offers consultancy in industrial plant engineering. Fluidmec’s 100 employees work across six branches in Lombardy. The business delivered over €34m in sales in 2018. Marco Minetti, CEO

Rubix France acquires Legoueix

Legoueix is based in Gennevilliers, in the Paris region, and specialises in providing industrial products and services to customers in the water and energy sectors. The acquisition supports Rubix’s strategy to develop technical skills centres, providing access to industry expertise as well as a loyal customer base. Legoueix was founded over 150 years ago, has

Rubix signs a three-year industrial distribution contract with Owens Corning

Rubix, Europe’s largest industrial distributor, has won a three-year contract with Owens Corning’s European businesses, covering eight countries. Under the agreement, Rubix has committed to help standardise the mechanical components used in Owens Corning’s plants, streamline sourcing processes, improve productivity and increase the efficiency of working capital. The countries covered by the contract are Belgium,