Bartoline Limited, a privately owned family business first established in 1876, is Europe’s leading manufacturer of decorating sundries for the home improvement industry. Products include pre-packed paint solvents such as White Spirit, ready mixed and powder fillers, wallcovering adhesives, sugar soaps, paint strippers, garden wood protection products, paraffin, BBQ lighting fluid, etc. Originally founded as coal importers/exporters, the company diversified into automotive and industrial lubricant blenders at the turn of the century. The mid 1970’s saw a change of direction into decorating products, where the company sought to capitalise on the burgeoning popularity of home DIY and the proliferation of large multiple DIY retailers. In 1999, the company acquired wallcovering adhesive and filler manufacturer Modus Products, which enabled product expansion away from traditional solvent products into a wider array of decorating sundries. As a result, the business grew quickly, and together with the in-house development of other product ranges, an increased market share was realised.
In May 2003, the company suffered a devastating fire which completely destroyed the whole production facility, offices and warehousing. An extensive recovery programme was implemented resulting in the most modern and safe factory in Europe for packing solvents and associated products. The £5m liquid manufacturing plant was officially opened on 16th October 2006 by Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alistair Darling. New premises were also acquired adjacent to the liquid filling plant, which was redesigned for the manufacture of predominantly adhesives and fillers. The new facilities allowed the company to embark on an ambitious expansion plan eventually resulting in a five-fold increase in sales within the UK. The increase in capacity has also allowed expansion for exports which are developing at an even faster rate. The rebuild also enabled investment in highly automated process equipment. Dedicated high volume rotary filling lines ensure costly and time-consuming changeovers are a thing of the past and enable fast moving product ranges to be delivered to customers in full, and within very short lead times.
Investment has continued apace with a new £500,000 filler process system being installed recently. Two new silos, and a computerised dosing arrangement, means accurate formulating down to just a few grams of material. To enable immediate further growth and for the future, the company purchased a parcel of land between the two factory sites with the aim of building a bespoke raw material and packaging warehouse. Further investment has also been made into higher capacity tube filling with a brand new machine and the necessary infrastructure.
A fleet of modern delivery vehicles are based at Beverley and with their striking corporate livery, are a familiar site on Britain’s roads. These enable deliveries from a few cartons, to a maximum of 46 pallets utilising efficient double deck trailer units, all within industry leading short lead times. The popular market town of Beverley, East Yorkshire, is an ideal location for the company’s manufacturing sites, head office and warehouses. The central location near the M62 ensures close proximity to all major road networks in the UK. The port of Hull is also just 8 miles away enabling easy access to Europe and beyond.
Products are manufactured and distributed extensively through retail, wholesale and trade outlets throughout the United Kingdom and an ever-expanding number of countries overseas. As well as traditional export markets such as the middle east and Africa, recent successes include Australia, Kazakhstan, Chile, Moldova and many others. Continual investment is being made in overseas markets with attendance at many high-profile trade fairs. In Europe, Heimtextil and Practical World are regularly attended, as is BIG 5 in Dubai. As more markets are explored, further investment at export exhibitions is being planned, with Mosbuild in Moscow and The National Hardware Show in Las Vegas being the most recent.
Bartoline has established a strong brand identity that has become instantly recognisable on retailers’ shelves. This has recently been enhanced further with a complete redesign of the whole range to provide a more modern and streamlined look, providing a powerful and formidable alternative to our competitors. Customer’s private label requirements also represent a significant part of the company’s business, with most of the UK’s leading multiple DIY retailers being supplied, as well as supermarkets, trade outlets, wholesalers, etc. Subject to volume, a service is provided which can include everything from the original design concept to finished product. Toll manufacturing is also a growing specialty with many household blue chip companies in the industry taking advantage of the superior facilities on offer.
New products are always being developed in-house. Clean Spirit, a new safer alternative to White Spirt and traditional paint solvents was recently introduced, and became an instant sales success whilst at the same time contributing to a reduction in VOCs.
The company also strives to meet the exacting standards demanded by the industry. We are delighted to announce that we have secured certification to the new ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management Standard, the first company in our sector, and one of just a handful of UK businesses to do so. The establishment of an Integrated Management System that is now certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 outlines our commitment to providing a first-class service to our customers which ensures that they are provided with the best possible product at the right time and at a competitive price, whilst endeavouring to protect the environment, our employees, visitors and all others who may be affected directly, or indirectly, by our activities. Regular audits by the world’s largest retailers also ensures compliance with some of the most stringent ethical requirements.