Flying The Flag For Scotland — R&M Show Growth Over 40 Years


Flying The Flag For Scotland — R&M Show Growth Over 40 Years

A leap faith in the 1980’s began the creation of the successful business we know today.

After establishing the business in 1983, Steve Martin began building his client base independently following local support.

R&M was born in Dundee, Scotland over 40 years ago, by Steve Martin who had already amassed 8 years of experience in the bearing and power transmission trade; working previously for DICK Bearings and WYKO. Following conversations with local clients, Steve was convinced to go independently with the reassurance of support from nearby businesses.

Originally trading in bearings and various types of power transmission parts, the company has developed into a leading supplier for the bearing trade in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

R&M has had to adjust alongside the ever-changing world, as have many businesses over the past few years following disturbances such as Brexit and the COVID pandemic. Steve Martin explains, “We have managed to keep prices acceptable for our fellow traders. Since the crazy times following Brexit, we have become a leading supplier of FAG, TIMKEN and INA bearings to our UK friends.”

Steve also explained that R&M has managed to save many UK companies the hassle and paperwork of importing parts from Europe. Preferring to be independent to the manufacturers, R&M Bearings staff have concentrated on finding the best quality stock, at the best prices throughout Europe and worldwide to satisfy the needs of their clients. And whilst official distributorships are held for NTN for particular partners, the emphasis is on buying in bulk and discounted prices and passing these benefits directly to customers.

The growth and experience over the years mean the company are in a position to accept forward schedule orders for up to 6 months in advance, with all prices guaranteed.

R&M Bearings distribute from a large warehouse in central Scotland and now operate internationally.

R&M have had numerous notable moments throughout the years, and the company even sponsored Dundee United Football Club with the recognisable logo appearing on Dundee’s shirts for a testimonial match for famous ex-goalkeeper Julián Speroni. Even famous midfielder, Charlie Adam was pictured in the R&M sponsored shirt. After 40 years of R&M Bearings, the team are looking forward to what the future has in store for the company!

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