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Concrete Plant
Rapid Celebrates 50 Years of Mixing Technology Expertise
L-R: Mark Lappin - MD & John Pickering - Operations Executive
Rapid International Ltd, celebrates its 50th anniversary on 1 September 2019. Established in County Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1969, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mixing technology for the concrete, construction, environmental, nuclear, mining and tunnelling industries.
In 1969, at a period in Northern Ireland’s history when political and sectarian violence were
commonplace, Rapid’s founders, Robert (Bertie) Pickering and Jim Lappin intended to bring about advancement, progress and hope for the local economy. Founded on 1 September 1969, Craigavon Engineering, originally manufactured agricultural equipment in a humble 7m x 4m domestic garage. From the outset, Bertie and Jim were renowned for their exacting quality standards and customer focus. Demand subsequently grew and in the 1970’s the business
relocated to a larger custom built facility, diversifying into manufacturing ready mixed and precast concrete plant.
Today, each machine is produced in Rapid’s 50,000 square foot purpose built factory, which underwent a recent extension
to include a new £1 million state of-the-art Hodge Clemco shot-blasting facility and Dalby paint booth.
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