SCOTT GROUP HISTORY
2005 was to prove another busy and successful year for the Scott Group, expanding operations not only in the UK but also overseas.
The year started with the introduction of a dedicated shipping service for timber supplies from Latvia, a move which underlined the Group's commitment to its customers. The deal quickly protected customers from the shortage of available shipping vessels that had affected the rest of the industry during this period, with supplies shipped directly to ports across the UK.
Securing links with the Latvian supplier, based at the Port of Riga, established the Group first overseas operation. Palesu Kompanija was an ideal fit with a network of over 250 sawmills and 17,000 cubic metres of timber a month exported to the UK. The deal made the Scott Group the UK's largest importer of pallet material.
By March the company had strengthened its position in the Merseyside area with the acquisition of Brennan Pallets in Wirral.
In October the Group made an ambitious move and acquired the Hambrook Group in Bristol, the biggest deal so far in the company's history. The acquisition resulted in an increase of 150 UK employees, additional sites in Avonmouth, Newport, Newton Abbot, Wolverhampton and Featherstone and reinforced the company's position as one of the world's leading pallet manufacturers.
The acquisition of the Hambrook Group, including George Hill Ltd, resulted in significant expansion of services and was to impact on future developments. The Group's packaging division was boosted with a new manufacturing operation for heavy-duty packaging and its position as the foremost supplier of reconditioned pallets was further enhanced.
The highly specialised operation, manufacturing heavy-duty packaging using timber, plywood and corrugated cardboard from its base in Wolverhampton, had a turnover of approximately £3.5 million and a staff of 46.