Scot­frame to be­come part of global gi­ant Saint-gobain

● In­verurie-based com­pany says it is busi­ness as usual ● French gi­ant al­ready has ma­jor pres­ence in Bri­tain

The Scotsman - - Business - By SCOTT REID

An Aberdeen­shire com­pany that makes tim­ber frames for houses has been ac­quired by multi-na­tional con­struc­tion gi­ant Saint-gobain.

Scot­frame Tim­ber En­gi­neer­ing,whichishead­quar­teredin In­verurie, has more than 160 em­ploy­ees and re­ported sales last year of about £30 mil­lion. The deal value was not dis­closed.

Head­quar­tered on the out­skirts of Paris, Saint-gobain op­er­ates in 68 coun­tries, and has more than 180,000 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing about 18,000 in the UK and Ire­land. The com­pany recorded more than €39 bil­lion (£35bn) in sales last year.

The group, es­tab­lished in the 17th cen­tury, was the first en­ter­prise to pro­duce glass on an in­dus­trial scale and has since spread across the globe. It al­ready has a strong pres­ence in Scot­land, and helped with the con­struc­tion of the re­cently com­pleted Queens­ferry Cross­ing.

Scot­frame is best known for pro­vid­ing mod­u­lar hous­ing an­disamar­ketlead­er­in­closed panel sys­tems. It also pro­vides full tim­ber frame hous­ing kits for small and medium-sized builders, de­vel­op­ers, and self­builders through­out the UK. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Bob Ed­wards said: “This is an ex­cit­ing time for Scot­frame and for all our ded­i­cated col­leagues. Hav­ing es­tab­lished the busi­ness 28 years ago, the sale of Scot­frame is a tremen­dous mile­stone in our evo­lu­tion.

“I am de­lighted that we will be be­gin­ning this new chap­ter as part of the Saint-gobain group, a tremen­dous com­pany with a fan­tas­tic reputation and great strength.”

He added: “I will con­tinue to run Scot­frame and for our cus­tomers noth­ing will change – we con­tinue to op­er­ate busi­ness as usual.

“For our col­leagues who make our busi­ness such a suc­cess this is a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity to be part of a global group with 18,000 col­leagues in the UK alone and a cul­ture of valu­ing per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and growth – so many new op­por­tu­ni­ties for our busi­ness.”

Mike Newn­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Saint-gobain Build­ing and Dis­tri­bu­tion in the UK and Ire­land, said: “I am de­lighted that the founder and MD of Scot­frame, Bob Ed­wards, will con­tinue as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor fol­low­ing this ac­qui­si­tion.”

Last month, Saint-gobain fore­cast growth of about 4 per cent in 2017 for the con­struc­tion prod­ucts dis­tri­bu­tion mar­ket. “2017 is a year of growth through­out the year, and we think that this should con­tinue into 2018, maybe at a slightly more mod­er­ate pace,” said di­vi­sional head Pa­trice Richard. Cru­den Homes East and sis­ter com­pany Hart Builders, the re­spec­tive new homes and build­ing arms of the Cru­den Group in the east of Scot­land, have re­branded and re­lo­cated from their for­mer head of­fices to the South Gyle Busi­ness Park in Ed­in­burgh. The two di­vi­sions were for­merly lo­cated in Ju­niper Green in Ed­in­burgh and Macmerry in East Loth­ian re­spec­tively. Pic­tured are Steven Simp­son, MD of Cru­den Homes East, and Colin Mac­don­ald, MD of Hart.

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