Gripple is the market leader of wire joiners and tensioners for the agriculture and viticulture market and wire rope suspension solutions for the construction market.
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 fastener was born.
Developed over the next two years in a small corner of Estate Wire, Sheffield, the original Gripple fastener 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 its laurels, despite being a trail-blazer in the realms of agriculture and viticulture, the company soon realised the potential of the industrial market too. In 1998, Gripple entered the world of construction with a series of load-rated kits spawned from its rope-grip device, designed exclusively for hanging mechanical and electrical services, and took the market by storm.
Right from the very beginning, the innovative manufacturer has received numerous accolades for its originality, verve and enterprise, making Gripple a true multi-award winning company. This is in no small part thanks to the core values and philosophy which have remained the same throughout – to Gripple, innovation is so much more than a simple buzzword; it’s the foundation of the company culture.