SIP Industrial Products Ltd

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The foundation of SIP Industrial

SIP Industrial Products started back in the 1968, based in two small industrial units on Radnor Road in Wigston, Leicester. The business started by selling SIP cut industrial abrasives, and later circular metal cutting saws and metal saw blades to carefully selected distributors.

As the business grew, SIP Industrial Products saw a large gap in the electric ARC welding market and began sourcing these from Italy. This area proved extremely profitable for the company and allowed them to continue to prosper throughout the 1970s.

SIP Industrial in the 1970s

Since the beginning, quality and new product development has been at the heart of everything SIP does. The late 1970s saw SIP venture into the compressed air market by launching their own small, carefully sourced range of air compressors to their ever-increasing distributor network. The company also began it's own production of ARC welders - and later Migmate MIG welding machines - both at their Wigston headquarters in a division of the company they named 'SIP Welding Equipment', and at an additional production facility in Italy.


SIP Industrial in the 1980s

By the turn of 1980, SIP had began their own production of belt-driven electric air compressors in a division named 'SIP AIR'. These quality industrial machines, hand-built and tested on-site by skilled and experienced SIP engineers, were instantly popular with SIP distributors and their customers alike. Taking this extra care allowed SIP to ensure that each and every customer received a durable, powerful, reliable piece of SIP machinery - a concept that goes from strength to strength each day.

SIP were flying high with increasing sales, expanding product ranges and a solid reputation for quality. The only problem now was that their Wigston premises were just too small for their ambitions. In November 1980, SIP Industrial Products moved into a purpose built plant in Shepshed, Leicestershire - where it remains sited today. Situated just off Junction 23 of the M1, this extensive site allowed the entire company - including SIP AIR - to be housed under one roof, and was perfect for UK-wide distribution links.


SIP Industrial in the 1990s

SIP increased their product ranges over the following years - covering petrol and diesel generators, heaters, and automotive equipment. By the 1990s, SIP had begun to get larger national retailers on board - trading with the likes of Halfords, Costco and B&Q. With business booming, the company extended their warehouse, giving their headquarters an overall footprint of over 65,000ft² and employing over 120 members of staff.


SIP in the New Millenium

In 2004, SIP ventured into the woodworking market. Offering quality and value, many SIP feature-rich machines have since been feature on QVC, Ideal World and other satellite shopping channels, proving popular with woodworkers nationwide. Since then, SIP have continued to develop new product ranges incorporating the latest technology and innovative design. 2010 saw the launch of a large range of Hi-Tech welders with cutting edge inverter technology. Powerful, efficient, and lightweight, these are now best sellers. Compare them with the first SIP ARC welders from over 40 years ago and you'll see just how far SIP have pushed over the last 5 decades.


SIP Industrial in the Present Day

Today, SIP continues to go from strength to strength, launching over 100 new products a year and supplying distributors across the UK, and more worldwide through their dedicated Export department. The SIP catalogue includes welding, metalworking, air compressors and air tools, battery chargers and starters, booster packs, automotive equipment, heaters, generators, lighting, pressure washers, water pumps, vacuuming machines, and woodworking equipment. Carefully selected, all our ranges offer the SIP promise of quality, value and choice.

Most recently, along with all the new products SIP research and develop, we are proud to have formed strong partnerships with Winntec, who deliver excellent premium lifting equipment and shop equipment for the automotive industry, and HELVi® welding.

In 2018, SIP Industrial Products celebrated our 50th anniversary in the business.


Determined to bring all of our customers the best products, quality and value...
that's SIP Industrial Products - 49 years and counting!

A 30 year old SIP Topweld 140 next to its modern day SIP Inverter counterpart. SIP
have been at the forefront of product innovation and development since 1968