ARBO – Company History

The company was started in 1859 – the same year as some other world greats!

In 1859, construction began on the Suez Canal, the first combustion engine was built in Belgium, petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania and Charles Darwin published ‘The Origin of Species’.

Adshead, which was originally named William Peter Adshead & Co. Ltd began trading from small premises in the centre of Belper. The daily journal from that year records the sale of £2.00 of polish to a merchant in Derby. Sales developed well for about 50 years and then in 1918 the goodwill and assets were purchased by Charles Coates Ratcliffe and Lewis Ratcliffe, who were already trading as  C & L Ratcliffe Paint Manufacturers; however, it was not until 1944 that name Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd came into being.

Company History
Adshead Ratcliffe factory, Campbell Street, Belper, 1925

1859

The company was started

£ 2.00

 The sale of polish to a merchant in Derby

50

Sales developed well for about 50 years

1918

The goodwill and assets were purchased by Charles Coates Ratcliffe and Lewis Ratcliffe

1944

The name Adshead Ratcliffe & Co. Ltd came into being

2007

Adshead Ratcliffe & Co. Ltd, an MBO was completed

90

90 years ownership in the Ratcliffe family’s

2017

The company becomes part of the CARLISLE CM Europe

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In 2017, the company becomes part of the CARLISLE® CM Europe

In the early days, Linseed Oil Putty was the major product, and Arbolite became a well-known brand. From this product has grown the present wide range of sealants bearing the ARBO® brand.

In 2007 Adshead Ratcliffe & Co. Ltd – after being in the Ratcliffe family’s ownership for 90 years changed ownership after a successful MBO.

The company becomes part of the CARLISLE® CM Europe in 2017.