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Our History

Established since 1875, today Brambles is a global business with more than 14,000 employees.
View our full history below.

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1858

Brambles takes its name from
Walter Bramble, who arrived in Sydney, Australia with his English parents in 1858 when he was less than one year old

1875

At the age of 18, Walter established a butchering business. He was a "cut up and deliver" butcher, meaning he transported the meat to customers by boat or horse and cart. Two years later, he had saved enough to move his business to the rapidly growing port town of Newcastle. Walter gradually expanded the transport part of his business

1877
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Walter Bramble establishes a butchery business in Newcastle, Australia – gradually expanding its transport and logistics operations

1925
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W E Bramble & Sons Limited forms, delivering transport and logistics services, as well as automotive engineering and real estate investment

1950

Post World War II, the Australian Government takes ownership of the Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP), a collection of pallets and other transportation assets left in Australia by the US Army

1954
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W E Bramble & Sons becomes a publicly-listed company and establishes a subsidiary operation at Port Kembla, Australia, providing transport and industrial services for BHP

1958
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Brambles enters the pooling solutions business, buying CHEP from the Australian Government. Brambles changes its name to Brambles Industries Limited and moves its head office from Newcastle to Sydney

1970
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Brambles enters the waste disposal sector

1972

Brambles reconfigures its business into principal divisions of industrial services, transport, materials handling and chemical/mechanical engineering

1974

Brambles forms CHEP UK as an 80:20 joint venture with Guest Keen & Nettlefold (GKN)

1978
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CHEP enters continental Europe, initially in the Benelux region and France

1979
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Brambles renames its waste disposal business Cleanaway

1984

Brambles launches CHEP Germany

1990

Having established itself in Asia-Pacific, Europe, South Africa and Canada, Brambles launches CHEP USA

1991

Brambles makes its first overseas acquisition in records management, buying the Vault Company in
Atlanta, USA

1994

Brambles divests several divisions including Grace Removals and the Sydney towage business J P Fenwick

1999
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Recall launches as the global records management business of Brambles

2001
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Brambles merges with the support services arm of GKN and forms a dual-listed companies structure on the Australian and London stock exchanges, as Brambles Industries Limited and Brambles Industries plc respectively

2005
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Brambles announces it will streamline the group and focus on CHEP and Recall by divesting Cleanaway, Brambles Industrial Services and several other businesses

2006
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Brambles unifies its dual-listed companies structure. Brambles Limited becomes the holding company for CHEP and Recall, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange only

2010
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Brambles enters the aerospace container pooling segment with the acquisition of Unitpool

2011
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Brambles acquires Container and Pooling Solutions (CAPS), a USA-based provider of intermediate bulk containers

2011
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Brambles acquires IFCO Systems, the world's largest RPC business, combining it with CHEP's RPC operations, and announces a new segmental reporting structure based on the three Pooling Solutions categories of Pallets, RPCs and Containers, and Recall

2011

Brambles acquires aerospace maintenance and repair organisations JMI Aerospace and Driessen Services and formally launches CHEP Aerospace Solutions as an equipment pooling and repair service dedicated to servicing the pooling and maintenance requirements of the aviation industry

2011
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Brambles expands its Canadian pallet management and pooling operations through the acquisition of Paramount Pallet

2013
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Brambles acquires Pallecon, a leading provider of intermediate bulk container solutions in Europe and Asia-Pacific

2013
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Brambles demerges its Recall information management business, which becomes owned by Recall Holdings Limited, a separate company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and independent of the Brambles Group

2014
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Brambles acquires Transpac, a German-based provider of pooled intermediate bulk container services.

2014
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Brambles expands its specialist containers business through the acquisition of Ferguson Group, a leading provider of container solutions to the offshore oil and gas sector

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