WYKO Industrial Services was formed by Roger Edwards and Phillip White in the heart of the Black Country in 1962. This single branch was dedicated to the sale and expertise of Bearings. WYKO soon built a growing reputation as an innovative force in the market providing customers with a choice of leading products and engineering solutions based upon sound industry expertise.
As WYKO grew they expanded their distribution network by opening more branches. WYKO was the first company to offer a 24 hour bearing and power transmission service across its 22 branches. Even in those early days as a small specialist engineering company, WYKO believed that long term investment in its staff was the key to a successful long term business. This is a belief that still stands today.
Over the next 20 years, WYKO continued to invest through growth and acquisitions in all key areas of business ensuring a stronghold in the market. In 1994, a time of fierce acquisition by WYKO, a total of 18 companies were added to the WYKO portfolio, including Oswald Seals, Olympic Chevin and the Aberdeen Bearing Group.
By 2006, WYKO were established as one of the leading suppliers of industrial products and engineering solutions in the UK. This market holding was an attractive proposition for Dutch engineering company ERIKS who purchased WYKO in November 2006 to become Europe's undisputed market leader for industrial products and services.
In April 2008 WYKO started the rebranding process to become ERIKS UK. This rebranding has further reinforced the strength of ERIKS UK in the marketplace. The strong brand is recognised as one committed to quality and superior service. The merger has resulted in an even better service for our customers with an increased line of products, further reach and a consolidation of engineering and solution know-how.
To date, the ERIKS group supplies over 90,000 industrial customers (business-to-business), and purchases worldwide from over 1,000 qualified suppliers and manufacturers. The ERIKS group currently consists of over 50 group companies with branches in 13 countries.