|The Company was originally established in 1911, when Richard Padley formed his small but ambitious “R. Padley Company”, producing high quality handtools. Several years later, he joined forces with Thomas Venables, which led to the foundation of Padley & Venables Ltd in 1920. In the 1960s, the Company became a division of Tarmac and then acquired the Bedford Rolling Mill in 1970. This integrated Group then joined the Gardner Denver Corporation in 1972 and was acquired by its current owner, Brunner & Lay in 1993.
Being based in and around the City of Sheffield, with its proud heritage in specialist steel and tool manufacture, has helped instil Padley & Venables and its workforce with its culture for quality and a strong work ethic.
Over the last 100 years, Padley & Venables has been responsible for many innovations in the Rock Drilling Industry, being originators and patent holders on numerous products and production processes. The development of Percussive Button Bits during the mid-1960s cemented P&V’s place as a leading innovator in its field. The establishment of Europe’s first facility for the overall carburisation of Drill Rods and the origination of Male/Female Rods are further examples of the Company’s innovative thinking.
The pride we take in the products we make and the controls over every element of the production process, from the rolling of specialist steel in our own Mill, to state-of-the-art heat treatment, underpins the ISO 9001:2008 approved Quality Systems. Constant research and development programmes, together with continued investment in latest equipment and techniques ensures that we can offer you the best product for your needs.
With two UK based manufacturing facilities, subsidiary operations in Germany and Australia and an international dealer network in more than 50 countries throughout the World, we are proud of our reputation for product development and quality. Why not get in touch with us and tell us about you, your needs and how you would like us to help you.