Arbil opened its manufacturing doors back in June 1963, when it initially began trading under the name Raymond R. Bills (Cradley) Ltd, supplying chain and marine fittings to chandlers in the South West, along with servicing lifting gear and specialist jacking equipment to local industry and the rail sector. Starting out as a self-employed individual, the company’s founder, Raymond R. Bills, quickly expanded the team to include a number of site maintenance engineers, who all worked out of the company’s first site in Wolverhampton. The company was also amongst the first in the lifting gear industry to venture into the hiring out of equipment; with the hire department that began in the mid 60’s still thriving today from its own bespoke premises in Lye and through its regional branches.
Today, after being incorporated as Arbil Limited in 1996; Arbil has expanded to five fully owned sites, including two in Lye, where its Head Office is located, one in both Cradley Heath and Coventry and one site in Bristol to service its southern based customers. Arbil now boasts over 70,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution space, and exports throughout the world.
In recent years Arbil has continued to diversify and in addition to its core strengths in the manufacture, sale, hire and servicing of lifting gear and rail maintenance equipment; it now also supplies a host of off-road accessories through its dedicated 4x4/commercial Automotive business: Arbil 4x4, which is the official importer for the UK and Ireland for leading 4x4 brands such as ARB® and WARN®.
Arbil is now continuing to look to the future and further develop and enhance its business to ensure it remains as one of the leaders in each of its respected fields for the next 50 years.