– Acquisition of UK-based John Guest, world leader in plastic push-fit fitting technology
– Stronger together: RWC & John Guest are now the same company for strong strategic fit
– Combined companies will become global leader in push-to-connect (PTC) fittings
KWD-globalpipe, 02.07.2018. Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of premium-branded engineered water delivery, control and optimisation products and solutions for residential and commercial plumbing applications and is the premier manufacturer in the world of brass push-to-connect (PTC) plumbing fittings.
RWC, for more than a century, has led the way in the design and manufacture of specialist water control valves and fittings. Originating in Brisbane, Australia, RWC is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the company operates in six countries including the UK where it has supported installers, architects, specifiers and contractors for more than 30 years.
John Guest – established in 1961 and family-owned business based in West Drayton – is a global leader in plastic push-fit fittings and pipe with products distributed worldwide. The company operates three purpose-built manufacturing facilities in the UK and a well-established international sales and distribution network, with 10 subsidiary locations globally. Its product portfolio services three end markets: Plumbing & Heating, Water Quality & Fluid Dispense and Industrial PTC. Its portfolio of well recognized brands includes JG John Guest®, POLAR CLEAN® and the market-leading JG Speedfit® and JG ProLock™.
The acquisition of John Guest is a strong strategic fit and aligns with RWC’s strategy to add complementary products which broaden the solutions offered to end users and expand its market presence, particularly in Europe. The combined business will provide an end-to-end solution with applications from meter to fixture and floor to ceiling from a single manufacturer. The combined product offering will serve to improve end user efficiency by reducing installation times, improve reliability and durability.
“The John Guest brand, similar to ours, is globally recognised and associated with quality, reliability and the best service. The company has established strong roots in the UK and Europe which will transform RWC’s footprint, expanding our manufacturing and distribution capabilities”, Edwin de Wolf, CEO EMEA at RWC, says.
“Together, we will be able to offer a stronger and broader depth of products, a wider range of innovative solutions, and an enhanced ability to serve customer needs today and into the future as we leverage our combined capacity for research and development and innovation. Our goal is to learn from each other and bring together our experience, talent and strength into a unified organisation to accelerate further growth.
“The combined companies will become the global leader in push-to-connect (PTC) fittings with a more expansive product offering for all customers and end-users.”
Contact: John Guest Ltd, United Kingdom, www.johnguest.com, Reliance Worldwide Corporation, RWC, www.rwc.com