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1960s
Photo of James Fairbairn
1962

JWF is founded by James Wilder Fairbairn

 

1962

JWF becomes partners with Fischer & Porter

1965

JWF becomes partners with Hunt & Mitton for the supply of valves

1969

JW Fairbairn Ltd. operated from Wellington Street in Glasgow for 10 years and with the company growing Jimmy bought and relocated to factory premises in Paisley where he set up Fairmac Engineering Ltd, a light engineering manufacturing company.

1969

JWF & Fairmac were two seperate companies with JWF operating out the upstairs offices.

Fairmac manufactured:

  • Small industrial boilers to own design
  • Light sheet metal work, ducting for air conditioning systems
  • Components for GM Terex earth moving equipment
1969

Turnover - £9,199

1970s
1971

JWF becomes partners with WIKA

1972

JWF becomes partners with Eltron

1976

Jimmy Fairbairn passed away, Isabelle Fairbairn became the driving force behind the company and was largely responsible for keeping the company afloat

John Robertson installed as Managing Director

1979

Turnover - £151,770

Fairmac Engineering ceased trading to focus solely on growing J.W. Fairbairn Ltd

1980s
1981

JWF relocated from Paisley to Darnley, the company faced a number of issues including a break in on the first night due to whisky cases being used to transport components!  This even led to Kenneth camping out on the second night with his boxer dog as defence!

1989

Bailey entered a period acquisition in 1989 when Finmeccanica S.p.A., purchased Bailey from McDermott International through its Elsag (Elettronica San Giorgio) Group. 

1989

Turnover - £749,445

At this point, 10 employees work at JWF

1990s
1991

First extension at Darnley to meet business growth

1992

JWF's first £1m order for John Brown Engineering which supplied Fischer and Porter control system and electromagnetic flow meters for Frankley water treatment works

1993

Isabelle Fairbairn passed away

1993

In 1993 the company incorporated in The Netherlands as Elsag Bailey Process Automation N.V. (EBPA).

1994

JWF partner with Elsag Bailey

1994

JWF win contract to supply BP Exploration as a master agreement holder and Tier 2 supplier (still in place today)

1994

EBPA then acquired The Fisher & Porter Company in 1994.

1996

Hartmann & Braun of Frankfurt, Germany was then acquired by Elsag Bailley which included Bush Beach Engineering.

1998

JWF partner with Durag Group to supply, install and commission flame scanners to the power station at B.P's Grangemouth refinery.

1999

Turnover - £1,543,390

At this point, 14 employees work at JWF

1999

Elsag Bailey was acquired by ABB

2000s
2000

Kenneth Fairbairn becomes MD of JW Fairbairn (with brown hair)

2001

JWF become partners with ABB

2004

JWF wins first major project in Oil and Gas industry delivering Britannia Satellite instrumentation package

 

2006

JW Fairbairn is rebranded as JWF Process Solutions to reflect business growth

JWF Instrumentation is established in the North of England as a channel partner for ABB instrumentation products

 

2007

New extension to Darnley due to a significant increase in business levels and additional personnel

2008

JWF partner with Vega offering guided wave level systems

2009

At this point, 19 employees work at JWF

2010s
2010

JWF becomes partners with Flexim - introducing clamp-on ultrasonic flow technology to the Scottish marketplace

2012

JWF celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a trip to London

2012

JWF join WIKA at London Olympics 2012 watching Jessica Ennis win the first Gold medal

2014

JWF becomes partners with Canalta to increase DP (differential pressure) flow product portfolio and launch the Double Block and Bleed assembly to the UK market.

2015

JWF are UK winning team again at WIKA Marathon in Germany. JWF has held on to this title for three years running (excuse the pun)

2015

JWF move to Seaward Street to reflect position in the instrumentation marketplace and accomodate growth into new areas of business e.g. service, refurbishments, panel and skid manufacture

JWF Group is established covering the four divisions -

  • JWF Process Solutions
  • JWF Instrumentation
  • JWF Metering
  • JWF Service
2015

At this point, 26 employees work at JWF

Turnover - £10m

4,000 enquiries this year

2016

JWF becomes partners with Swinton Technology