Bardawil was founded in 1945 by Philip H. Bardawil, after having lived and worked in Manchester (U.K.) and Ghana in the 1920s and 30s. Bardawil & Co was started modestly in Beirut, Rue de Tripoli in the L’Orient Le Jour building, trading in a wide variety of goods. It rapidly focused and became known for its specialised machinery and equipment.
With the passing away of the founder in 1948, his son Fouad P. Bardawil first joined the business straight out of university followed in the 1950s by his brothers Habib and Labib.
The group started expanding into a number of Middle Eastern countries in the late 40s and early 50s: Syria, Kuwait and Iraq. It became known throughout the Middle East for its high-quality products & services.
In the 60s, the group established operations in the UAE and Saudi Arabian markets and started expanding its product range into new areas such as construction materials, specialised contracting services and aviation equipment and services.
With the start of the civil war in Lebanon in 1975, the group shifted its focus abroad, to strengthen its already existing foreign operations which had been established since the early 1950s and 60s. They were thus well positioned to take advantage of the massive construction efforts being undertaken by GCC countries in the late 1970s. Meanwhile, the home base operation kept on going despite all the difficulties faced during the war years.
The group expanded into the UK and manufacturing sectors in the early 80s through the acquisition of a small UK based construction chemical manufacturer Building Chemical Research Ltd.
The third generation started in the family business in the 80s. Philip F. Bardawil joined the group in the mid 80s, followed by Marwan F. Bardawil in the early 90s and then Albert F. Bardawil in the late 90s.
Expansion evolved in a decentralized mode with an open architecture to maintain flexibility in a challenging environment through numerous legal entities each focusing on specific territories or activities.
As of the late 80s, the group undertook expansion into a number of significant new ventures:
In the first decade of the new millennium, the group continued to expand into new areas such as:
The company prides itself in the highly competent and loyal staff that has been with the organization for many years. The fourth generation of family members have started now joining the business with Fouad P. Bardawil II joining the group in 2012.
With its main base in the Middle East, the group has weathered over the last seven decades the impact of severe political risk and upheaval ranging from nationalisations to wars, invasions,liberations,revolutions etc.-in addition to the normal changes in the economical cycles. This was made possible through the diversification of risk by having operations in different countries and sectors and the prudent and relentless efforts of the employees, executives and owners of the business.
As it stands today, the group is well established in Lebanon, UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UK with over 1,000 employees