Founded in 1984 by Mr John Twigg and Mr George Gabb as Rentajet, RGL pioneered the use of Ultra-High-Pressure water jetting services in the UK.
Over the last four decades the company has evolved to become the one of the leading authorities on UHP water jetting - supporting industrial and civil engineering industries with cutting, cleaning, surface preparation and hydrodemolition solutions.
We are still a family-orientated company, leveraging our stability and unified ambition, to grow considerably in recent years. We are active members of the Water Jetting Association (WJA) and have worked closely with the organisation since its beginnings.
Today, RGL is owned and run by three Directors, including John’s two sons, Chris and Jeremy who still play a hands-on role in the development of the business.
We operate from our Head Office and Workshop facility located on the south coast of England but maintain bases in London and Manchester so we can respond quickly to enquiries from all over the country.
A chance meeting between our founder John Twigg, and Bernard Hart, outside a small workshop in Salisbury, marked the start of a long friendship, and formative years for the Water Jetting industry.
During the 1970s, water jetting technology evolved rapidly. British contractors were introducing new equipment from the USA, and pumps were becoming more and more powerful.
With a rising interest in this new technology, Bernard went on to develop hundreds of water jetting units, accessories, and innovative nozzles during his tenure at Harben Systems. John went on to be the Sales Director, selling the product all over the Globe.
These events would eventually lead John to form his own company with George Gabb, Rentajet (now known as RGL) in 1984 as a sales and rental business for high pressure water jetting equipment.
“Back then the world didn’t believe what a high-pressure jet of water could do. We would demonstrate the removal of rust, hardened resin, and barnacles on ship hulls. When we showed what our systems could do, even down to removing specific paint layers on steel, we couldn’t sell them fast enough.”
As the one-time president of the WJA, John Twigg went on to play a major role in developing the safety and technical standards our industry respects today. We know the high level of skill and expertise water jetting requires in order to be conducted safely.
By 1992, RGL began offering a contracting service to customers and provided a unique interface between water jetting technology and the task at hand.
Through assessing/understanding the customers task, then designing, building and deploying bespoke technical solutions accordingly. We firmly believe that early engagement with the client and working together to deliver a shared objective is the key to our success both now and into the future.
Now operating both in the UK and internationally, RGL prides itself on delivering a customer’s requirements OTIF (On Time In Full) whilst ensuring the safety of all involved and minimising the environmental impact of their activities with green sustainability initiatives.
If there are any questions regarding what we do, how we do it or how we might be of service, please do not hesitate to make contact.
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