In spite of the recent doom and gloom of the recession, family owned Instrumentation company, JWF Process Solutions (formerly JW Fairbairn) is celebrating 50 years of trading in 2012. To symbolise their 50 years of success and experience, JWF have rebranded themselves as JWF The Instrumentalists – a name which reflects their expertise in process instrumentation and customer service.
In 1959, after leaving Weir Pumps, Jimmy Fairbairn formed JW Fairbairn, an unlimited company in a single office in Wellington Street, Glasgow supported by his wife Isabelle. Initially working as a Sales Agent selling valves on behalf of Marshall Boilers and Fischer & Porter, Jimmy soon added Service Engineering to the firms capabilities. With the added responsibility of servicing, Jimmy brought John Robertson on staff and in 1962 JW Fairbairn was incorporated.
JW Fairbairn Ltd. (Fairbairn’s) 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. In 1969 he added WIKA and CHROMALOX to the Fischer & Porter sales agency.
Sadly, in 1976, Jimmy Fairbairn passed away at a young age leaving Fairbairn’s in the hands of John Robertson who took on the role of Managing Director, with Isabelle continuing to work as an active part of the company until losing her battle with a long term illness in 1993. In 1977, John made an executive decision to stop the manufacturing side to Fairbairn’s and channelled his energies on growing the business as a Sales Agency.
1980 saw Kenneth Fairbairn (son of Jimmy and Isabelle) join Fairbairn’s, having served a 4 year engineering apprenticeship. John closed the manufacturing facility in Paisley in 1981 and relocated to the current office in an industrial site in Darnley, Glasgow.
Fairbairn’s weathered the recession of the early 80’s and John and Kenneth continued to grow the company adding to the product portfolio with companies such as Hartmann & Braun and Bush Beach Engineering.
In 2000 John retired and Kenneth was appointed Managing Director, where he expanded the company with a focus based on product knowledge and support within the instrumentation sector. Fairbairn’s was renamed JWF Process Solutions (JWF) to better reflect the company’s capabilities.
In late 2000 Martin Kerlin joined JWF having previously graduated in Engineering from Strathclyde University and succeeded to Sales Director in 2006.
With the focus on instrumentation gathering momentum, the company expanded into the North of England with the creation of JWF Instrumentation, a division of JWF.
Today the JWF team are 20 strong with an operational office in Teesside and the HQ still existing in Glasgow and continue to focus on servicing the instrumentation market for flow, pressure, temperature, level and control products.
JWF strive to continuously improve what they do and how they do it. Kenneth Fairbairn has the last word. “We believe that our passion and knowledge in the area of instrumentation ensures our customers will continue to work with JWF to satisfy their requirements for instrumentation products. We are focused on customer service and we continuously strive to improve. I am confident that, with this focus, JWF will be around for another 50 years.”
“We believe that our passion and knowledge in the area
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*Address: JWF Process Solutions Ltd, 120 Woodneuk Road, Darnley Industrial Estate, Glasgow G53 7QS
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