Factory history

1984 Helifix is formed March 12 1984. The unique helical Hi-Fin design is developed and testing is carried out by Oxford Polytechnic – now Oxford Brookes University. The first tie, made from thin wall copper tube, is launched.

1985 TimTie, a new build timber frame tie and the first made from stainless steel. InSkew warm roof batten fixing developed in collaboration with Celotex for a roof in Cardiff and is used on the AA building in Basingstoke.

1986 Factory is set up in Wallsend, Tyne & Wear

1987 RetroTie, the first stainless steel helical remedial wall tie is launched.

1988 Helifix attends its first Interbuild exhibition in Birmingham.

1990 Formal offices are established at Shepherds Bush Green, London. First major remedial wall tie project using RetroTies on 1500 houses in Basingstoke.

1992 The Helibeam System of structural beaming is developed, working with the BRE, Middlesex University Curtins Consulting Engineers, and first used at RAF Northolt. Helifix Australia begins trading. Obtain ISO9001 approval.

1993 The first Approved Installer is appointed for remedial wall tie installation. The following year the first Helibeam training course is held and the Approved Installer network is established.

1994 The DryFix principle of a remedial, mechanically fixed tie, with no grouts or resins, is launched.

1995 After exhibiting at a show in Prague, Helifix appoints an agent for Czech Republic and Helifix CZ is still going strong.

1996 Participate in trials at the TRL for bridge repair techniques and measure the enhancement Helifix systems provided on full scale brick arches, forming the basis for our bridge repair programme.

1997 Helifix factory moves to North Shields.

1998 Helifix offices move to Warple Way, Acton, London. Helifix North America Corporation, based in Toronto, begins trading. First major bridge contract to secure the 18 arch Chelmsford Viaduct. HeliBar reinforcement used extensively during construction of the Holm Bush athletes village for the Sydney Olympics.

1999 Significant overseas contract to repair multi-storey housing complex in Gibralter.

2001 Start offering a range of Helifix products in India following Gujarat earthquake, in particular for heritage buildings and bridges.

2005 Management buy-out of Helifix from the original shareholders.

2006 Introduction of the InSkew and HeliBar ‘Super 6’ high performance 6mm diameter.

2008 Obtain European CE marking approval for several key products.

2009 Helifix, Inc. is set up and the North American business is moved from Toronto to new premises in Streetsboro, Ohio, USA.

Helifix NZ is established just months prior to the disastrous Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.

Helifix Group is acquired by CRH plc, the international building materials group.

Helifix moves to landmark London office – The Mille, 1000 Great West Road.