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Monday, April 19, 2010

The year 2009 will be remembered by most for one of the most challenging economic periods in living memory – not so at Bartoline.

2009 proved to be the most successful in its 133 year history. Volume output was just short of 26m litres/kilos, an increase of over 1.5m from 2008.

New contracts with some of the UK’s largest multiple DIY retailers were won during the year, mainly within the company’s fillers and adhesives division, which saw by far the biggest growth. Toll manufacturing for other manufacturers in the DIY industry is also becoming an increasingly important aspect of trading. More capital investment was made in the fillers/adhesive production unit which provided added capacity, not only for current demand, but also for potential growth in the years to come. An expansion of the warehousing facilities was also necessary, as was dedicated specialist personnel, especially in the areas of Quality and Operations.

The export side of the business also continues to expand, with a significant increase in volume during 2009. Helped by the weakening sterling exchange rate against most other currencies, contracts to countries never before supplied have been gained, and existing markets have increased greatly, especially in the Far East and former Russian states.

2010 will continue to be challenging, especially as oil prices begin to surge again, which affects our main raw materials. Nevertheless, with a track record of legendary customer service, and a creative management team with the ability to react instantly to market changes, Bartoline look forward to the coming year with relish!

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