Purico Group Ltd

History

The seeds of the Purico Group were sown in 1983 when Professor Nathu Ram Puri CBE acquired F G Skerritt Limited, a long-established firm of mechanical and electrical engineers.

Professor Puri, fondly referred to as Nat, worked at the British company in the 1970s as an engineer. He was quickly promoted to a managerial role as his flair for business became apparent. His attention to detail and strong work ethic led to a dramatic increase in turnover. By the time he left to set up his own consultancy in 1976 he was responsible for more than half of the company’s profits.

Just seven years after his departure Nat returned as owner, having persuaded his bank, on the strength of his track record at Skerritts, to lend him the money to buy the business.

Originally from the Punjab in India, Nottingham has been Nat’s home for more than 40 years and he has the honour of being a Freeman of the City of Nottingham. He came to England in the 1960s armed with little  more than a maths degree. The cheapest course he could find was in air conditioning and refrigeration at London South Bank University, where he completed a diploma in engineering and was later given an honorary doctorate of sciences.

In 2015, he was presented with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya award by the President of India. In the same year he received the CBE which was presented by Prince Charles. Both of these awards were for his enormous contribution to charity and education.

He also became patron of the 2015 Organising Committee of the World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF). A passionate cricket fan, Nat is a prolific benefactor, having donated millions of pounds to many charitable and educational projects, mainly in England, India and Nepal.

His purchase of Skerritts, of Nottingham, was the catalyst for a rapid programme of acquisitions and consolidation.

In the early days, Purico’s activities were centred on traditional UK businesses, including Bolton Plastic Components Limited and Bettix Limited, manufacturers of plastic products. The group soon broadened its horizons, expanding into Europe, Asia and America.

Adding a well-known German motor parts manufacturer to the Purico stable in 1985 marked the start of a journey into new industries. Today Bolta Werke GmbH, which produces the VW and Mercedes car badges, is the single largest operation of its kind, supplying quality plastic car components to Europe, Asia and North America.

The Purico Group is continually on the lookout for fresh opportunities to extend its territories. A proud boast is that in 1995 it became one of the first companies in Britain to have a presence in China. The group’s Chinese company, Zhejiang Minfeng Robert Paper Company Limited, produces fine grade papers used in cigarettes sold worldwide.

Purico continually reviews world markets to maintain its position as one of the most diverse and successful private enterprises in the UK.

In 2016, the group opened a $50 million plant in Alabama, USA, eight years after entering into a joint venture with a Mexican company to supply VW. Both factories are key suppliers to the automotive industry.

Through continual growth and investment, Purico has become a major international force, employing more than 3,000 people in the UK, Germany, USA, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

The group ‘family tree’ on the left illustrates the hugely varied sectors it competes in, while the timeline below charts the remarkable progression from one-man band to global conglomerate.

Cordline Limited

Established 1983 Joined Purico 1983

Ancefin Limited

Established 1929 Joined Purico 1984

Bolton Plastic Components Limited

Established 1984 Joined Purico 1984

Mellham Limited

Established 1984 Joined Purico 1984

Bettix Limited

Established 1938 Joined Purico 1985

Bolta Werke GmbH

Established 1920 Joined Purico 1985

Skerritt Properties Limited

Established 1985 Joined Purico 1985

Blugilt Holdings Limited

Established 1986 Joined Purico 1986

Robert Fletcher & Son Limited

Established 1986 Joined Purico 1986

Disposal Company (Richborough) Limited

Established 1955 Joined Purico 1987

Autoforge Limited

Established 1988 Joined Purico 1988

Total Acceptance Limited

Established 1990 Joined Purico 1990

Bolta Bundle GmbH

Established 1991 Joined Purico 1991

Conder Structures Limited

Established 1992 Joined Purico 1992

Bolta Bilderrahmen GmbH

Established 1995 Joined Purico 1995

Skerritts of Nottingham Limited

Established 1970 Joined Purico 1996

Creditoffer Limited

Established 1998 Joined Purico 1998

Glasspera Limited

Established 1998 Joined Purico 1998

Allyson Limited

Established 1999 Joined Purico 1999

Clary Limited

Established 1999 Joined Purico 1999

Litchgate Limited

Established 1999 Joined Purico 1999

Pipestone Limited

Established 1999 Joined Purico 1999

Viola Limited

Established 1999 Joined Purico 1999

Doorlock Limited

Established 2001 Joined Purico 2001

Purico GmbH

Established 2001 Joined Purico 2001

Purico Paper Company Limited

Established 2001 Joined Purico 2001

Whiteoak Limited

Established 2001 Joined Purico 2001

Purico Papertech Limited

Established 2003 Joined Purico 2003

Hollow Oak Limited

Established 2004 Joined Purico 2004

Nicro Bolta S A

Established 2004 Joined Purico 2004

Zhejiang Viola Plastics Company Limited

Established 2004 Joined Purico 2004

Melham Group Limited

Established 2005 Joined Purico 2005

Melham Investment Limited

Established 2005 Joined Purico 2005

Crompton Paper Company Limited

Established 2006 Joined Purico 2006

Devon Valley Limited

Established 2006 Joined Purico 2006

Purico (UK) Limited

Established 2006 Joined Purico 2006

Purico (USA) Limited

Established 2006 Joined Purico 2006

Purico Group Limited

Established 2006 Joined Purico 2006

Tiffin & Thali Limited

Established 2006 Joined Purico 2006

Union Papertech Limited

Established 1947 Joined Purico 2006

Conder Allslade Limited

Established 1984 Joined Purico 2008

Purico Hong Kong Limited

Established 2010 Joined Purico 2010

Bolta Investments Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Bolta US Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Claretdene Trading Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Cordline Services Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Dovestone Park

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Grainwave Developments Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Grims Dyke Hotel

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Netherton Building and Construction Company Limted

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Nottingham Care Village Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Ocean Breeze Nursing Home Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

PT Purico Holdings Indonesia Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Purico Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

UPT (Holdings) Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

White Capstan Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Zentry Limited

Established 2015 Joined Purico 2015

Melham (US) Inc

Established 2016 Joined Purico 2016

Purico (IOM) Limited

Established 2016 Joined Purico 2016

Purico Technology Limited

Established 2016 Joined Purico 2016