Cotter Marketing Ltd. was founded in Cork in 1972 by John Cotter Snr. His position as Managing Director was succeeded by John Cotter Jnr in 2015, who began his career with the company in 1991. Our family-owned company has a rich history that has enabled us to become an industry leader in the distribution of industrial products across Ireland.
We’re a part of the Cotter Group, which has its roots in the marine and shipping industry. Back then, Cotter Marine, as it was known, provided servicing and repairs for the mechanical and electrical components of supertankers around the world. Naturally, working with these impressively large and complex marine vessels led us to understand which industrial repair products and industrial maintenance products worked best in harsh ocean conditions.
Unfortunately, finding high quality industrial products able to stand up to the rigours of the marine environment was a difficult task at that time. Therefore, it made sense that we take advantage of this gap in the supply chain, and thus we began to source mechanical valve packings and gaskets.
As it is today, Cotter Marketing was born when we were appointed as product distributors for Chesterton, one of our top suppliers. On account of our initial success, we quickly learned the value of forming relationships with both suppliers and clients as well as maintaining core values such as integrity in our work. Moreover, we expanded into non-marine industries whereby the range of industrial products and solutions expanded greatly. This expansion necessitated recruitment of sales specialists who understood our company’s values and how to promote our brand across Ireland.
Through persistence and a burgeoning reputation within the industry, we were then able to secure a distribution agreement with Devcon, a part of the ITW Group (Illinois Tool Works). This valuable partnership allows us to represent a wide range of companies under the ITW Group umbrella, such as Magnaflux, Irathane, and Plexus.
Further agreements followed with Tekhniseal, TB Woods, and All-Flo Pump, which allowed us to meet the rising demand for many specific industrial products. Such suppliers enable us to satisfy the ever-growing demand for high quality industrial products for many different industries.
In 1999, Blackmer purchased Chesterton’s pump division and reappointed us as distributors of System One pumps. In 2000, we were appointed as distributors for Samson vacuum pumps and blowers. More recently, we were appointed as distributors for Rhino Valves.
As our supply of industrial products continues to increase, so too has the demand for our services. That’s why we decided to open a warehouse and office in Dublin in 1993. In addition to our head office in Cork, we’re now able to serve the major markets in Dublin and all 32 counties in Ireland.
Not only are we now an established presence across Ireland for industrial products, but we also employ 11 staff members, 8 of whom are Technical Sales Specialists. Many of our staff have 20 or more years of tenure with us and they’re widely accepted as experts in their field.
We are very proud of our business and look forward to working with you.