If you’re unfamiliar with the name Desoutter you might be surprised to learn that the company is one of the world’s oldest and most respected manufacturers of a wide range of high-quality industrial air tools. But the amazing success story of Desoutter CP Pneumatic Tools began with a potential tragedy in 1913. Andre Desoutter, the son of an immigrant French watchmaker was a successful aviator and flying instructor having learnt to fly with the Bleriot aircraft company in Hendon.

Performing a display at a Hendon air show at Easter 1913, Andre lost control of his plane and crashed, damaging one leg so severely that it had to be amputated below the knee. Andre’s younger brother Charles designed a prosthetic leg made from lightweight aluminium alloy – the first of its kind – which enabled Andre to resume flying. Creating the hinge component of this artificial leg additionally required the invention of a specialist tool and as a consequence of their experiences the Desoutter brothers formed a business that manufactured both lightweight prosthetic limbs and specialist tools.

Both Desoutter Medical and Desoutter Pneumatic Tools have grown from small British businesses into global leaders in their fields thanks to the quality and innovation of their products. Air Supplies is proud to stock a wide range of the very best Desoutter industrial air tools including drills, screwdrivers, engravers, straight- and angle-grinders, polishers and sanders, perfect for those applications when only the most reliable, best-performing and highest quality air tools will do.