George Drexler, founder of Rexel, was born in 1908 near Prague. In the early 1930s he moved to Hamburg and worked for a German office supply company, who sent him to London in 1935 to start a branch in England.
In 1939 he borrowed £100 to found his own company and this was to be the start of the Ofrex Group of Companies.
The companies flourished and grew quickly to employ over 1,000 workers; manufacturing office products in the UK and internationally. Rexel then sold the products to the retailers and Ofrex sold to the end user.
The group went public in the 1960s and Mr Drexler was awarded an OBE in 1976 for his services to export.
Rexel celebrated its 80th birthday this year and continues to be a leader in business machines and office products.
Our products are available in over 100 countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The most recent innovation launched by Rexel is the Momentum Shredder range which combines high quality innovative technology and designs from a reliable and professional brand.