Our History

The family led company with a proud UK heritage...

1959

speedry

ROGER NEEDHAM BECOMES MAJOR DISTRIBUTOR

Roger Needham becomes the sole distributor for “Speedry Magic Markers” range. The company went from strength-to-strength and quickly grew to reach a national level.

1971

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RUBBER STAMP MANUFACTURE

In the early 1970’s, Roger Needham & Sons ventured into the rubber stamp industry, setting up a premises on Fountain Street, Manchester. Sadly, in the early 1990’s the premises was demolished and the business was moved to Salford. The Salford plant and rubber stamp manufacturing division was finally brought to a close in 2007.

1972

THE BRITINK® BRAND IS BORN

During the early 1970’s, having identified a niche in the market, The Needham Group became a fluids manufacturer in its own right and began developing the Britink range of industrial fluids. The Britink brand of industrial inks, markers and equipment expanded throughout the years. To this day, our Research and Development capabilities we continue to develop our Britink range, continuously formulating and producing innovative fluids to meet bespoke and traditional industrial applications.

1974

NEW OFFICES AND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES

The company established the new company headquarters: The House of Needham, Alkington Road, Whitchurch. Closely followed by new manufacturing facilities in Prees, Shropshire. By the mid 70’s, Roger Needham & Sons Ltd and had become a well-know ink development company.

1982

INKJET & DOD MARKET

Following the company’s first foray into the inkjet market, as distributors for American brand of Drop-On-Demand (DOD) printer called “Little David”, laboratories & offices where setup in Ware, Hertfordshire to begin to research & develop new inks to support this emerging sector.

1982 - 1991

1991

DAVID NEEDHAM JOINS THE COMPANY

David Needham, Roger Needham’s son joins the company after a career as a fast-jet pilot in the Royal Air Force.

1999

ROGER NEEDHAM PASSES AWAY

Roger Needham sadly passes away. Leaving his son, David Needham, to take over the business.

2001

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NEW PREMISES, WAYMILLS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

The Alkington Road offices and Prees facility are sold and the company moves to its new (current headquarters) premises on Waymills Industrial Estate.

2004

citronix

CITRONIX CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTERS

The Needham Group becomes the exclusive UK and Ireland distributors for Citronix. A prestigious brand of Continuous Ink Jet printer, found today in 1000’s of facilities in almost every country in the world.

2005

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MACSA LASER

Having had much success and establishing a comprehensive installed base of Citronix customers, we were approached by Macsa Laser of Spain and consequently, in April 2005 were appointed UK and Ireland distributor for Macsa Laser.  These laser coding systems are used throughout industry to mark everything from plastics to automotive parts.

2006

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SIMPLY SPRAY

The Needham Group becomes the exclusive European distributor for Simply Spray, a revolutionary spray-able fabric paint. Developed in the USA, this unique and patented product had been successfully marketed in a number of countries, most notably the USA, Australia and in Asia, where it gained sales in excess of 2 million units per year. This seemed a natural extension to The Needham Group’s activities, having had media and TV attention, this is an area that continues to grow in tandem with public awareness.

2014

tykma

TYKMA: LASER MARKING SYSTEMS

Engineered perfection, the TYKMA range of fiber laser etching systems brought the marking industries an affordable, extremely flexible technology. The TYKMA range of lasers continue to grow in popularity, with the coding division (now Needham Coding Limited) as the exclusive UK & Ireland distributors.

2014

NEEDHAM INKS LTD & NEEDHAM CODING LTD

In-line with The Needham Group’s ethos, the two primary divisions are made fully independent trading bodies. Needham Inks Limited and Needham Coding Limited are born.