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Philpott & Cowlin Ltd have proudly served the engineering and metal fabrication trade in Bristol, the South West England and South Wales for over 90 years, establishing ourselves as industry leaders in the area for welding equipment sales, long and short term welding equipment hire, accessories and consumables, welder repairs and servicing.

Philpott and Cowlin Ltd commenced business in St Stephens Chambers in the historic commercial centre of Bristol in 1920. In 1925 its founders A.E (Bert) Philpott and Harold Cowlin, moved to premises (also still in existence) in Victoria Street Bristol, with the aim of offering first class representation for leading British manufacturers of engineering products throughout South Wales and the South west of England.

Throughout the dark days of World War ll, the company worked closely with engineering factories in the region involved in the war effort , and shortly after the end of the war an office was opened in Bute St in Cardiff, with another later in Weston-super-Mare.

During the 1950's and 60's the company broadened its base, moving into the supply and distribution of machine tools, sheet metal machinery, and welding equipment and consumables with an impressive list of well respected agencies, later expanding into larger premises in Bedminster, Bristol.

In the early 1980’s Philpott and Cowlin Ltd established itself as industry leaders in UK welding equipment distribution, with the introduction of the worlds first industrial Inverter Tig and Mig/Mag Welding machines manufactured by Powcon USA and Hitachi Japan , eventually being appointed as sole UK distributors for the unique technology leading Hitachi range of welding Inverter machines in 1986.

Philpott and Cowlin became synonymous in the UK with this innovative equipment throughout the 80's and 90's and into the new millennium, pioneering the massive productivity benefits of Inverter design machines and introducing and supplying to most of the leading companies in aerospace and high quality metal fabrications throughout the area.

The company moved into it's present purpose design 5,300 sq ft modern unit with showroom, trade counter, service repair workshop, demonstration bays, large warehouse, and training/conference room in 2010.