History

     

1887

Helix was founded in 1887, its initial activity was the production of the wooden ruler

 
 

   

1894

Helix invents the modern drawing compass   
 

   

1898

First export sales to Australia   
 

   

1899

First 'plastic' type ruler produced 
 

   

1912

First 'Maths Set' produced 


   

1935

The Oxford brand was launched 

 

   

1955

The Helix Universal Company Limited was formed 
 

   

1959

Plastic moulding production started 
 

   

1969

Helix International Limited formed 
 

   

1975

Purchase of Dunn & Taylor Ltd. Cash boxes introduced. Shatter resistant ruler patent
 

   

1976

Establishment of Helix USA 
 

   

1977

Purchase of Colonel Rubber Ltd. Eraser production started 
 

   

1982

Threadless ring patent
 

   

1983

PVC free eraser first produced
 

   

1984

Helix Limited formed   
 

   

1987 

Helix 100 years old celebrated with a royal visit from HRH the princess of Wales


   

1988

BS5750 awarded 
 

   

1990

Folding rule patent 

1991

Angle measure registered design 

1992

Compass safety point patent

1994

ISO 9002 accredited push button (cash boxes) introduced 

1995

G03 compass registered design 

2002

Establishment of Helix Hong Kong office 

2004

Foldable black board equipment patent pending 

2007

Craft with Helix range launched. Anti-tamper screw sharpener introduced 

2007

Helix Technical launched. Helix fashion - tribe and splat range launched 

2012

Helix becomes part of the Maped Helix Group and the company changes its name to Helix Trading Ltd

2018

Today, Helix exports to over 65 countries with offices in the USA, Hong Kong and our UK Head Quarters in the West Midlands