All About ABCO

The Beginnings

ABCO has been around since 1981 when we were initially called Airport Bearing Co Ltd for good reason. We began life in and old shop very near East Midland Airport in the village of Kegworth, where we hoped to move onto the new industrial estate being constructed on the airport site and take advantage of that to grow our import/export business... Due to delays in the construction and with our lease about to run out in Kegworth we decided to re-locate to larger premises on the Blenheim Industrial Estate near J26 of the M1. It was at this time we had a change in focus and decided to concentrate on supplying the local area with fast same day service rather than looking to export product around the world. This proved to be a good move and we have good steady growth over the years, becoming one of the UK's largest stockists of general engineering maintenance products and services.


Bearings are where it started, and we still love them!

When Andrew started ABCO he had spent all his working career within the bearing industry. After serving his production engineering apprenticeship straight from school in Luton with SKF Andrew then put his product knowledge to good use as a technical salesperson with SKF before moving to work within distribution for Widerange Bearings where he ended up as UK Sales manager.

Bearings still a major part of our DNA, and whilst as a company we have diversified to cover the full range of MRO products, we keep that in house technical ability and in-depth knowledge of bearing ranges and applications to this day.


New Products, New Knowledge, Always Quality!

Over our 30+ year history we’ve always been keen to add high quality products from major manufacturers to our range, we know this is what makes us the first choice for our loyal customers. From Bearings to Pneumatics, Belts to Hand Tools, we partner with at least one of the global market leaders in each product category to ensure we always have the right solution…and we don’t just sell those products, we stock them ready to ship, and we offer technical support in house. Have a browse through our products pages to see.


IADA…National Power – Local Strength

You can read more about our association with the Independent Authorised Distributor Alliance here. In simple terms, what it means to our customers is that we can supply any product anywhere in the UK, quickly, consistently and competitively.



Today we’re still growing and still adding to our range of products and services. Our purpose-built central stores in Nottingham is well placed to cover the East Midlands using our fleet of vans for a truly same day service. Our investment in the latest IT systems has ensured we can keep pace with the ever-changing distribution market. Our Web shop provides another platform for our customers to interact with us. Most importantly we’re still as focused on service as we ever were, why not give us a call and find out for yourself.