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Foster Industrial

SINCE OPENING ITS DOORS IN 1886

Foster Industrial is the Uk's longest established distributor of welding equipment and consumables and is celebrating 130 years in business this year.

Founded in 1886 by Joseph Foster, as coal merchants, it remains a thriving family firm with fourth generation great grandsons, Richard & Charles commanding the helm for well over 25 years.

The business now supplies welding equipment & consumables to over 1000 nationwide customers, whilst making daily gas cylinder deliveries to it's East Midlands client base.

With our ambitious growth strategy in mind, Foster Industrial moved to a 15,000 square foot distribution centre & gas cylinder hub near Loughborough in 2011, positioning itself in the heart of the East Midlands. With 50% extra floor space, increased stock levels and a enhanced management team, the business has gone from strength to strength, growing nearly two fold since the move.

Boasting a purpose built trade counter, state of the art showroom, live demonstration area, split level workshop and superb meeting facilities- it's premises are amongst the best the welding supply industry can offer.

Foster Industrial has introduced a large number of new initiatives over the past twelve months, as it constantly monitors welding industry changes & developments looking for ways to add value.

The launch of the Foster own brand premium welding products was a pivotal moment for the firm in terms of it's presence in the market place, whilst an investment of over £100,000 in delivery vehicles illustrates that service is the cornerstone of it's business. With the market leaning more & more toward online purchase, Foster has recently enhanced it's e-commerce capability with the addition of advanced product search & one stop checkout, making purchasing quicker and more convenient than ever.

All orders over £50 being delivered next day free of charge.


Products

1.6 mm Cast Iron Brazing Rods

1.6 mm Cast Iron Brazing Rods

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1.6 mm Cast Iron Welding Rods

1.6 mm Cast Iron Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Copper Brazing Rods

1.6 mm Copper Brazing Rods

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1.6 mm Copper Welding Rods

1.6 mm Copper Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Low Carbon Mild Steel Rods

1.6 mm Low Carbon Mild Steel Rods

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1.6 mm Low Temperature Brazing Rods

1.6 mm Low Temperature Brazing Rods

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1.6 mm Low Temperature Welding Rods

1.6 mm Low Temperature Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Mild Steel Welding Rods

1.6 mm Mild Steel Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Steel Brazing Rods

1.6 mm Steel Brazing Rods

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1.6 mm Steel Fittings Welding Rods

1.6 mm Steel Fittings Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Steel Panels Welding Rods

1.6 mm Steel Panels Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Steel Plates Welding Rods

1.6 mm Steel Plates Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Steel Tubes Welding Rods

1.6 mm Steel Tubes Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Steel Welding Rods

1.6 mm Steel Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Wrought Iron Gas Welding Rods

1.6 mm Wrought Iron Gas Welding Rods

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1.6 mm Wrought Iron Welding Rods

1.6 mm Wrought Iron Welding Rods

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1/2 'O' CLIP

1/2 'O' CLIP

1/2 inch hose clip used to crimp over the end of hoses creating a gas tight seal. SKU: 45204

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1/4 X 3/8 L.H. BENT ADAPTOR

1/4 X 3/8 L.H. BENT ADAPTOR

Bent adaptor used to convert 3/8 to 1/4 nut fitting. SKU: 45247

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1/4 X 3/8 R.H. BENT ADAPTOR

1/4 X 3/8 R.H. BENT ADAPTOR

Bent adaptor used to convert 3/8 to 1/4 nut fitting.SWP 1320 SKU: 45246

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10N 31 TIG COLLET BODY

10N 31 TIG COLLET BODY

10N31 collet body for WP17/18/26 TIG torches. SKU: 66968

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10N 32 TIG COLLET BODY

10N 32 TIG COLLET BODY

10N32 collet body for Wp17/18/26 TIG torches. SKU: 66969

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10N 46 TIG CERAMIC

10N 46 TIG CERAMIC

10N46 alumina nozzle suitable for WP17/18/26 TIG torchesSize:8Orifice:1/2 inch,12.5mm SKU: 66992

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10N 47 TIG CERAMIC

10N 47 TIG CERAMIC

10N47 alumina nozzle suitable for WP17/18/26 TIG torchesSize 7Oirifice:7/16 inch,11 mm SKU: 66993

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10N 48 TIG CERAMIC

10N 48 TIG CERAMIC

10N48 alumina nozzle suitable for WP17/18/26 TIG torches.Size 6Orifice:3/8 inch,9.5mm SKU: 66994

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110 VOLT 16 AMP YELLOW PLUG

110 VOLT 16 AMP YELLOW PLUG

Good quality 110 Volt 3 pin plug.Yellow16 AMPQuick fitNo tools required SKU: 51175

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110 VOLT 32 AMP YELLOW PLUG

110 VOLT 32 AMP YELLOW PLUG

Good quality 110 Volt 3 pin plug.Yellow32 AMPQuick fitNo tools required SKU: 51183

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110 VOLT 32 AMP YELLOW SOCKET

110 VOLT 32 AMP YELLOW SOCKET

Good quality 110 volt 3 pin cable socket.Yellow32 AMPQuick fit style No tools requiredConforms to IP44 SKU: 51190

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16 MM WELDING CABLE

16 MM WELDING CABLE

Flexible, black, pvc, single insulated 16 sq mm copper welding cable by the metre.16 sqmm welding cable has a continuous current rating of 110 amps. S...

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16 MM WELDING CABLE LUGS

16 MM WELDING CABLE LUGS

16 sq.mm lug suitable for welding cable SKU: 51111

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2 PLY CENTRE FEED BLUE ROLL

2 PLY CENTRE FEED BLUE ROLL

Blue hand towel roll suitable for centre feed dispenser.200mm x 150mm diameter roll. SKU: ADT3089

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THE WELDING WORLD AWARD: A MARKETING DREAM.

THE WELDING WORLD AWARD: A MARKETING DREAM.

We’re proud to have been nominated for three 2018 Welding Awards and present to a judging panel on February 5th in defence of our Best Distributor tit...

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FOSTER INDUSTRIAL WELDING INNOVATION EXPO 2017

FOSTER INDUSTRIAL WELDING INNOVATION EXPO 2017

Our first ever Welding Innovation Expo follows on from the popular Welding & Cutting events we held at Foster HQ in 2016. The purpose of the event, t...

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A TRAVELLING TELESCOPIC GANTRY CRANE FOR SIEMENS - A GUEST POST BY GLEN HICKMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT PELLOBY LTD.

A TRAVELLING TELESCOPIC GANTRY CRANE FOR SIEMENS - A GUEST POST BY GLEN HICKMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT PELLOBY LTD.

The facility, which is responsible for the overhaul of compressors for the oil and gas industry, required a method of unloading heavy duty equipment f...

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FOSTER TO LAUNCH NEW PRODUCTS TO THE FARMING SECTOR

FOSTER TO LAUNCH NEW PRODUCTS TO THE FARMING SECTOR

Foster Industrial is to exhibit it's range of welding & plasma cutting equipment at an agricultural show for the eight year running. Launching Hypert...

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OCTOBER METAL CUTTING EXTRAVAGANZA

OCTOBER METAL CUTTING EXTRAVAGANZA

The second in a series of welding & cutting shows to celebrate the company's 130 year anniversary is take place this week. Following on from the incre...

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FOSTER WELCOMES NEW STOREMAN

FOSTER WELCOMES NEW STOREMAN

Following a successful year in 2015 and straight off the back of our Welding Awards win, the appointment is the latest in a line of investments demons...

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CELEBRATING HERITAGE WITH A LOOK TO THE FUTURE

CELEBRATING HERITAGE WITH A LOOK TO THE FUTURE

This entry was posted on June 29, 2016 by Richard Foster. Foster Industrial, is celebrating its heritage with a look to the future as it hosts two sp...

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT MIG WELDER

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MIG WELDER

This entry was posted on June 15, 2016 by Richard Foster. Purchasing a MIG welder that is suitable for your application and yet fits your budget, with...

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FOSTER ON FILM

FOSTER ON FILM

This entry was posted on June 1, 2016 by Richard Foster. An overview of Foster Industrial. Our company history, showroom, technical advice, online p...

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CHOOSING A WELDING HELMET

CHOOSING A WELDING HELMET

This entry was posted on May 17, 2016 by Richard Foster. At first glance, the number of options when a choosing an auto darkening welding helmet can ...

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WE DID IT!

WE DID IT!

Last week, we headed to Birmingham and the glittering Welding World Awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole, where we were delighted to pick up the aw...

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RECRUITMENT HAT-TRICK SPELLS SALES SUCCESS FOR FOSTER INDUSTRIAL

RECRUITMENT HAT-TRICK SPELLS SALES SUCCESS FOR FOSTER INDUSTRIAL

Tom Stewart, originally from Nottingham, picked up a wealth of experience at his previous role at IWS Nottingham, a similar industrial supplier where ...

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FOSTERING YOUNG SPORTING TALENT

FOSTERING YOUNG SPORTING TALENT

Foster Industrial is investing in local talent, having signed a sponsorship deal with one of the country’s exciting young talented amateur players Ash...

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FAMILY FIRM GEARS UP FOR GROWTH

FAMILY FIRM GEARS UP FOR GROWTH

As UK manufacturing continues to grow, East Midlands premium welding supplier Foster Industrial has made another significant step, investing in its ow...

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PLASMA CUTTING SPARKS FLY AT CEREALS EVENT.

PLASMA CUTTING SPARKS FLY AT CEREALS EVENT.

Apparently, we had one the busiest pitches at Cereals 2013, because there were lots of sparks flying from our plasma cutters ! This year, we separated...

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Foster Industrial

  • Matrix House
  • Gelders Hall Road
  • Shepshed, Loughborough
  • Leicestershire
  • LE12 9NH

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