Our History
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History and Development of Halco

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2017 Acquisition of Halco by Robit Group Halco becomes a 100 % owned subsidiary of Robit Plc, continuing to have its own independent brand and operating in the global market
2016 Management Buyout Management Team successfully bought Halco Rock Tools rebranding the company as Halco.
2011 Halco Expansion Bucyrus and Halco Rock Tools were acquired by Caterpillar Inc. Halco relocated to new and larger manufacturing premises in Brighouse UK.
2000's Change of ownership Halco introduced the Super Dominator a high pressure blast-hole hammer and the Dominator 375 and Halco Holdings Ltd was sold to the Terex Mining Group. During this decade Halco released the RC exploration range of hammers, the Halco Bit Catcher system which uses a specially designed chuck and shroud arrangement to ensure bits are captured and not lost down the hole and the GP range for water well and geothermal applications.
1990's Halco focussed on DTH hammers and bits The 1990s, the last hammer rigs were produced as Halco focussed purely on DTH hammers and bits. The Dominator a new high pressure hammer range was released. Marshalls Plc sold Halco Holdings Ltd, which consisted of Halco Rock Tools UK and America to a venture capital group and Halco Australia was established in Perth, Western Australia to focus on the mining market.
1980's Halco improves the range The 1980s were a decade of technological improvements to meet the drilling demand of greater operating pressures. In 1983 Halco launched an improved Mach range which could operate at high pressure ranges of up to 250 psi. In 1985 Halco introduced a Simcas drilling and casing system which enabled drillers to install casing and drill the hole at the same time. In 1986 Halco’s SPO track-mounted blast-hole drill rig was introduced.
1970's Technology moves forward In the 1970s button technology was introduced into DTH drill bits and Halco launched the Mach Hammer range.
1965 Change of Branding
1960's 700 Drill Rigs Notably, during the decade Halco were supplying and servicing over 700 Drill Rigs for International Aid Agencies, who were supporting the Indian water well and quarrying market, including the famous Tiger 1 and 3 drill rigs
1960 In 1964 S.Marshalls & Sons formed the Marshalls Halifax Plc. Halco went through a period of growth in the 1960s with DTH rolling out to South Africa and India with Halifax Tool Company (South Africa) and Killick Halco India.
1950's DTH drill rigs During the 1950s Halco introduced DTH drill rigs and the first ever DTH blast-hole was successfully completed using Halco equipment at Hill House Quarry in Troon, Scotland.
1951 First DTH hammer In 1951, Halco Rock Tools and Stenuick of Belgium developed the first DTH hammer with an operating air pressure of 100 psi.
1948 The early days Founded in 1948 by S.Marshalls and Sons at Southowram, Halifax to manufacture tungsten carbide and masons tools.construction work and new opportunity. Thus began an epic journey