2017
Further expansion in the Netherlands
In January 2017, the Group completed the takeover of Gunters en Meuser, a distributor of tools fixings and ironmongery from 14 branches in the Netherlands. This acquisition provides the Netherlands business with a strong presence in the Greater Amsterdam Area where Gunters en Meuser is the market leader.
2016
Further expansion in Britain

In January 2016 Grafton completed the acquisition of T Brewer & Co Ltd, a London based specialist timber business that trades from three branches in Clapham, Enfield and Amersham. T Brewer, which generated revenue of approximately £14.0 million in 2015, extends coverage of the merchanting market in the London area and provides a further opportunity for the profitable growth of the Group.

The Group also completed the acquisition of Allsand Supplies Limited ("Allsands"), a single branch general builders merchanting business located in Larkfield, Kent in January 2016.  Allsands reported revenue of £6.0 million in the year to 31 March 2015. This bolt-on acquisition enhances market coverage and complements the existing branch network in the South East of England.

2015
Further expansion in Britain and the Netherlands

In February 2015 Grafton completed the acquisition of TG Lynes Ltd, a leading distributor of mechanical engineering products for use in commercial and public sector buildings, apartments and industrial processes.

In July 2015 Grafton acquired Carlton Manufacturing Limited, a leading manufacturer of concrete and mortar products that are produced in waterproof and recyclable packaging with a mainly residential RMI orientated product focus.

In August 2015 Grafton completed the acquisition of Parkes Services Limited, a single branch distributor of pipeline and mechanical engineering products located in Bristol.

In November 2015, Grafton acquired Wollens, a general merchanting business trading from two branches in Glastonbury and Cannington.The Group also completed the acquisition of Isero BV, the leading specialist distributor of tools and fixings that trades from 38 branches in the Netherlands under the Gerritse, Breur Ceintuurbaan and Van der Winkel brands.

2014
Further expansion in Belgium and Britain

The Group completed the acquisition of Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch merchanting business based in Brussels, on 3 February 2014 following approval of the transaction by the Belgium Competition Authority.

In June 2014 the Group acquired Beaumont Forest Products, a specialist timber merchant which trades from three branches in the Greater London Area.

In August 2014 Grafton completed the acquisition of Direct Builders Merchants Ltd, a general merchanting business trading from three branches located in Sittingbourne, Whitstable and Ashford in Kent.

In September 2014 the Group acquired Gedimat-Ginion S.A., a single branch general merchanting business located in Brussels.

In December 2014 the Group acquired Crescent Building Supplies (Ruislip) Limited, a general merchanting business trading from three branches in West London and one in Berkshire.

2013
Listing of Grafton Units

Following a review of listing arrangements, the Board decided to cancel the Company's listing on the Irish Stock Exchange while maintaining its Premium Listing on the London Stock Exchange. This was a logical development as three quarters of the Group's revenue has for some time been generated in the UK and most of the Group's development activity is taking place outside of Ireland. These changes facilitated the inclusion of Grafton in the FTSE 250 and exposes the Group to a wider pool of international investors.

Buildbase acquired Thompsons, a five branch merchanting business that extended market coverage into the North East of England. It also acquired a single branch merchanting business in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland.

Mr. Frank van Zanten joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2013.

Mr. David Arnold joined the Group and the Board as Chief Financial Officer in September 2013.

2012
Leading the way in Britain and Ireland

In Britain, Grafton operates the third largest builders merchanting business, is among the top four plumbers merchanting businesses and owns the largest dry mortar business.

In Ireland the Group operates the largest merchanting business in the country and the largest DIY retailers. These businesses turnover €2 billion from 600 locations.

In Belgium, further acquisitions increased the number of Belgian branches to 11.

National builders merchant of the year(Builders merchants' awards for excellence)

Buildbase was named Best national builders merchant in the UK for the 5th time in 9 years.

2011
Expansion in Belgium

Further acquisitions increase the number of Belgian JV branches to 9.

Selco - link to website (opens in a new window)

Selco opens its 30th branch.

The Group announces the appointment of Gavin Slark as Group Chief Executive (CEO) to succeed Michael Chadwick in managing the Group. Mr Chadwick remains as non-executive Chairman.

2010
More awards for Buildbase
Buildbase - link to website (opens in a new window)

Buildbase named 'Best national builders merchant' in the UK for the 4th time in 7 years.

National builders merchant of the year(Builders merchants' awards for excellence) and Best customer service award
2008
New warehouse in China

The Group enters into a 49% joint venture in a Belgian builders merchant business trading from 5 locations.

The Group establishes a warehouse in Shanghai to consolidate the supply of goods from existing and new Chinese manufacturers.

2006
The Group acquires Plumbworld

The number of Grafton's trading locations exceeds 500.

Plumbworld - link to website (opens in a new window)

The group acquires www.plumbworld.co.uk Britain's largest online bathroom retailer.

Twentieth consecutive year of increased share purchase/dividend payments.

2005
The Group completes the takeover of Heiton Group plc

The Group completes the takeover of Heiton Group plc for a total consideration of €359 million in cash and shares. This business includes, among others, the No. 1 builders merchanting operation and the No. 2 DIY retailing brand in Ireland. It is a good strategic fit with Grafton's existing operations and consolidates its position as the leading player in the Irish market.

Heiton Buckley - link to website (opens in a new window)

Overall Heiton Group plc has over 50 trading locations (six in the UK), an average of 1,900 employees and a turnover in excess of €500 million. Heiton Group plc is named Finance Magazine's Deal of the Year.

Continued organic growth with the development of 19 greenfield outlets, 4 new Irish DIY stores, a new dry mortar plant in Bristol and 14 merchanting outlets across the UK.

2004
The Group completes it's 100th acquisition

The Group completes it's 100th acquisition since 1998, averaging more than one per month.

A total of 19 acquisitions are completed during the year, another record year for development.

2003
Group turnover exceeds €1 billion

Acquisition of Plumbline, Scotland's largest independent plumbers merchants with 17 locations.

Jackson(Building Centres) - link to website (opens in a new window)

The Group acquires Jackson Building Centres Ltd, the UK's 7th largest builders merchant, for a total consideration of €135.4 million.

Group turnover exceeds €1 billion for the first time.

Buildbase - link to website (opens in a new window)

Buildbase named 'Best national builders merchant' in the UK for the first time.

2002
A record year with a total of 15 acquisitions

A record year with a total of 15 acquisitions adding a further 39 branches to the UK merchanting network.

These acquisitions included five small chains: Lakes in Derby, BMB in Barnsley, PDM in Edinburgh, Aizlewoods in Rotherham and JKS Heating and Plumbing Supplies in Manchester.

The number of UK trading outlets now exceeds 200.

2001
50% of group operating profit is now from UK

Acquisitions continue with many single branch operations that add value through infilling the Group's overall network of locations in the UK.

50% of group operating profit is now from UK operations.

2000
Plumbase more than doubled its size with the back-to-back acquisitions
Plumbase - link to website (opens in a new window)

Plumbase more than doubled its size with the back-to-back acquisitions of E J Thompsons and Essex Heating Supplies, taking the branch network to 85 branches that included the opening of 8 greenfield sites.

1999
The Group continues it's bolt-on acquisition

The Group continues it's bolt-on acquisition programme adding 16 more locations, through eight acquisitions in the UK.

Over 50% of group turnover is now from UK operations.

1998
Total trading locations exceeds 100

Six additional acquisitions are made adding a further 19 locations, including the London based Deben Builders Merchants business with 10 branches and A R Hendricks Limited, a heavyside builders merchant trading from five branches.

Selco - link to website (opens in a new window)

UK merchanting operations expand substantially with the acquisition of British Dredging plc, the first time an Irish company acquires a listed UK plc. This business operates a total of 23 locations incorporating 17 builders merchants, including the Selco brand, and six plumbers merchants.

Plumbase - link to website (opens in a new window)

Plumbase is established as the trading name for the Group's UK plumbers merchanting operation.

1997
Group's tenth year as an independent public company

This is the Group's tenth year as an independent public company; a decade of considerable achievement in which sales increased 18% annually and earnings per share grew at an annualised rate of 29%.

Buildbase - link to website (opens in a new window)

Buildbase is established as the trading name for the Group's UK builders merchanting operation.

The Group adds a further 14 locations through six small but significant acquisitions and achieves critical mass in its UK operations.

1996
The Group continues it's strategic development

The Group continues it's strategic development in the UK with its first acquisition of a builders merchanting business - R.J. Johnson, based in Oxford.

1995
This business adopts the EuroMix

Grafton acquires P.P.S. Mortars - a silo mortar plant based in Glasgow.

CPI Euromix - link to website (opens in a new window)

This business adopts the EuroMix silo mortar business model and technology, which has been successfully developed by CPI, the Group's Irish concrete products business.

1994
Acquisition of H. Bradley Ltd., Lumley and Hunt

Acquisition of H. Bradley Ltd., a six branch plumbing and heating merchant in central London.

Acquisition of Lumley and Hunt, a five branch plumbers merchant operating in and around Sussex.

The Group's acquisitions result in the UK Total sales in Britain and Northern Ireland increasing by 53%, representing 21% of Group turnover.

1990
The Group acquires Macnaughton Blair
Macnaughton blair - link to website (opens in a new window)

The Group acquires Macnaughton Blair a long-established and well-known Belfast-based builders merchants.

Grafton acquires Joseph Kelly & Son (1994) Limited in Dublin, a builders merchanting business which was to become very well placed to serve the needs of the building trade in the centre of Dublin.

Mr. Norman Kilroy is appointed Managing Director and Mr. Colm Ó Nualláin is appointed Finance Director.

1988
The Group changes its name to Grafton Group plc
Grafton Group plc

The Group changes its name to Grafton Group plc and makes its first UK acquisition, Williams (Southwest), a small heating and plumbing business which gives the Group familiarity with the large UK merchanting market.

1987
Marley plc decides to concentrate on the manufacture of building materials

Marley plc decides to concentrate on the manufacture of building materials and as a consequence sells its controlling shareholding in Concrete Products of Ireland.

Marley(Plumbing & Drainage Solutions) - link to website (opens in a new window)

The Marley shareholding is placed with institutional investors and the Group's management.

Woodie's DIY and garden centres - link to website (opens in a new window)

The Group opens its first DIY retailing store in the Irish market.

1985
Appointment of Executive Chairman
CPI euromix - link to website (opens in a new window)

Mr. Michael Chadwick is appointed Executive Chairman of the CPI Group.

1981
Chadwicks have more branches

Chadwicks have 14 branches throughout Ireland.

1980
CPI introduce factory insulated concrete blocks

CPI introduce factory insulated concrete blocks to the Irish market for the first time.

1978
CPI are the largest manufacturers of roof tiles in Ireland

CPI are the largest manufacturers of roof tiles in Ireland and their tiles have been used on over half the houses in the country.

1977
Chadwicks become one of the first computerised companies in Europe

Chadwicks become one of the first companies in Europe to run a fully computerised building supply operation.

1967
Chadwicks expansion begins with a new branch in Kilkenny

Chadwicks expansion begins with a new branch in Kilkenny.

1965
CPI becomes a public company

CPI becomes a public company and purchases Chadwicks (Dublin) Limited from the Chadwick family.

At the same time Marley Limited increases its holding to 51%.

1956
Production of PVC flooring products begins

Production of PVC flooring products begins.

1954
250,000 roof tiles exported to Liverpool
Plant And CPI Truck With Roof Tiles 1950s

250,000 roof tiles exported to Liverpool.

1948
Production increases to 36 tiles per minute

Production increases to 36 tiles per minute.

1947
CPI produces their first concrete blocks

CPI produces their first concrete blocks.

1946
Concrete Products of Ireland re-locates from Dolphins Barn
Chadwicks Yard

Concrete Products of Ireland re-locates from Dolphins Barn to a 50 acre site in Lucan Co. Dublin.

1945
Marley Limited acquire a minority shareholding in Concrete Products

Marley Limited acquire a minority shareholding in Concrete Products of Ireland in exchange for modern tile production machinery.

Terence Chadwick

William Chadwick dies leaving his son Terence Chadwick in charge of the business.

1938
Output increases to 5,000 tiles per day

Output increases to 5,000 tiles per day.

1933
First mechanical roof tile machines introduced

First mechanical roof tile machines introduced to provide on-site production of tiles.

1931
Registration of Concrete Products of Ireland
CPI

Concrete Products of Ireland is registered as a private limited company.

1930
William Chadwick acquires control of a small firm

William Chadwick acquires control of a small firm engaged in the manufacture of concrete blocks and roof tiles, in Dolphins Barn, Dublin, which his company was supplying with cement.

1909
William Thomas Chadwick establishes his first business
William T Chadwick

William Thomas Chadwick establishes his first business called Chadwicks (Dublin) Limited to supply builders merchants and major building contractors with Irish and imported cement and plaster.