Automation & Control Experts

Uniting Industry since 1953

At Underwoods, we understand that you may need a little extra support on your new machine builds or engineering projects, which is why we strive to offer an unrivalled level of support that goes above and beyond your typical industrial automation distributor.

Our truly collaborative approach is what differentiates us from other industrial automation distributors. We assist engineering teams across the UK throughout the entire project lifecycle, from pre-sales and application support through to project completion, delivery, and beyond. 

We work hand-in-glove with panel builders, system integrators, machine builders, and manufacturing companies across the UK to provide cutting-edge hardware & software solutions from a shortlist of premium technology partners that we fully support, both commercially & technically.


A TRUE technical automation partner that you can rely on

It’s important for your business to have a partner that you can rely on.

Although we offer an extensive array of technical automation products, from single components to integrated hardware & software solutions, it is our collaborative approach that makes us unique. Our customers continue to partner with us as we assist them in improving their technology, efficiency, quality, safety and overall equipment effectiveness while reducing their waste, cost and risk across multiple industrial sectors.

Our biggest strength comes from our in-house technical support team, including multiple automation application engineers, a CMSE® – Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD), an expert in industrial sensing & detection solutions, and a trio of process instrumentation specialists. This is a completely free resource that you and your team can call upon at any time so that you can delivery your projects on budget and on time – every time.

Please contact your local branch to open your Underwoods account. 

Technically Supporting Industrial Innovation for over 70 Years

Underwoods Electrical Distributors has been the uniting link between electrical equipment manufacturers and equipment users since 1953.

Our mission has always involved bringing people and technology together to fuel the growth, productivity, and technological advancement of industrial companies operating within the UK manufacturing and engineering sectors.

While we now operate over 13 regional sales offices spanning the entire breadth of the UK, we have always been deeply rooted in the South of England, originating right in the heart of North London.

Back in the early 1950's, we started life out as G.D. Underwoods, setting up shop on a small industrial estate in Tottenham with a clear vision of providing a 'comprehensive specialist service to industry' in the South of England.

At the time, this collaborative approach was refreshingly unique when compared to the typical 'box-shifter' mentality that most electrical wholesalers, at the time, would employ.

Many of the great British manufacturers located around London and the surrounding areas would seek us out, as the technical support that we provided on the industrial products that we supplied was vital to keeping their operations as innovative and competitive as possible, especially since specialist technical knowledge was not as easily accessible as it is now.

Since then, the UK manufacturing industry has undergone a series of transformations and shifts in automation technology. And while we too have continuously adapted our business to remain at the forefront of technological innovation, we still remain true to our firm commitment to offering a superior level of specialist technical support on all products that we carry.


Optimise Your Operation with Our Strategic Support Services

For Machine Builders

Learn how we can upskill your team and keep up to date with the latest automation & controls technology. 

For Product Manufacturers

Give your faulty or damaged automation & control hardware a new lease of life.

For Digitalisation

Take advantage of our FREE in-house technical support team to get the most out of the products we supply.