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The original Gripple wire joiner was invented by Hugh Facey to ease the installation of wire fencing.

A Gripple wire joiner is a device used to join and tension wire, to terminate and suspend wires and wire ropes, and also to support false ceilings, cable baskets, and similar items.

The Gripple product range evolved when the joiner was rotated through 90˚ and combined with wire rope to support substantial loads and suspend a variety of industrial applications, such as lighting, piping, HVAC, false ceilings and signage.

They are manufactured in Sheffield, England by Gripple Ltd.[1] The name derives from the fact the device both "grips" and "pulls" wire.


Wire salesman Hugh Facey invented the original "Gripple" wire tensioner and joiner after a conversation in 1986 with a Welsh farmer. The first Gripple wire joiner was launched in the UK in 1988,[2] and Gripple Ltd was established in 1991.[3]

The Old West Gun Works on Savile Street East in Sheffield, one of Gripple's three UK sites


Wire or wire rope is inserted into a channel in the Gripple wire joiner, where it is gripped by a spring-loaded roller or wedge, and tensioned by being pulled through. The channel is mirrored on the opposite side of the Gripple wire joiner, allowing a second piece of wire to be joined.

By turning a Gripple wire joiner through 90 degrees and combining it with wire rope, it produces a suspension system capable of holding up substantial loads, and this has given rise to a range of Gripple suspension systems, which are sold to the construction industry worldwide.

Thousands of Gripple wire joiners hold together the Great Dingo Fence in Australia, the world's longest fence.[4] The company produces over 30 million Gripple wire joiners per year.

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  1. ^ "Gripple scoops "Best Factory" prize". Engineeringtalk. 14 July 2004. 
  2. ^ "Gripple Ltd". Case Studies. British Chambers of Commerce. 
  3. ^ "Award-Winning Gripple Uses PTC's CAD & FEA Tools to Cut Design Time". Eureka. 13 July 2009. 
  4. ^ QI, BBC TV, Season 1 episode 12, broadcast December 23, 2003.


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