Our history

Cape was founded in 1893, as an importer and manufacturer of insulation materials. For over 50 years we grew rapidly, acquiring or building factories and businesses in the UK and overseas.


The Group’s principal trading subsidiaries are:

  • Cape Industrial Services Limited (UK)
  • DBI Industrial Services Limited (UK)
  • Cape East WLL (Qatar)
  • RB Hilton Saudi Arabia Limited (Saudi Arabia)
  • Cape East Limited WLL (UAE)
  • Cape East Philippines Inc (Philippines)
  • Cape East Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • Cape East (Thailand) Limited (Thailand)
  • Total Corrosion Control Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • PCH Group Limited (Australia)
  • Cape CHS Limited (Australia)

In the 1950s, we set up our contracting operations and began expanding our horizons. We established Cape East, and began making the most of fresh and exciting market opportunities in the Middle East and Asia over the next 25 years. Then, in 1976, we created Cape Scaffolding to meet the rapidly growing access requirements of existing and prospective clients.

In 1994, we merged Cape Contracts and Cape Scaffolding, establishing Cape Industrial Services. This served all markets except the Middle East and Asia - managed by Cape East. Eventually, in 2007, all Cape Group companies united under one name - Cape plc.

We continue to grow as a business and seek opportunities in new markets. For example, in 2006 we acquired DBI in the UK, and in 2007 we acquired TCC, Concept Hire and PCH Group in Australia.


Cape Group is founded


Turin factory opens


Cape acquires first factory in the UK


Barking (London) factory opens


Manufacturing begins at Acre Mill, West Yorkshire


Cape acquires Uxbridge Flint Brick Company and first Uxbridge premises


Cape closes and sells its Barking and Acre Mill Factories


Cape Scaffolding is created


Cape sells its mining operations in South Africa


Cape stops manufacturing asbestos products


Cape Scaffolding and Cape Contracts merge to form Cape Industrial Services


Cape Calsil manufacturing business and premises close and go on sale


Cape creates a £40m asbestos fund for UK claimants
Sale of the Cleton group of companies (Netherlands, Belgium and Germany)
Acquires DBI Group


Cape acquires TCC, Concept Hire and PCH in Australia All Cape companies unite under single Cape brand


Cape plc Head Office moves to Stockley Park, Uxbridge, UK


Cape reintroduces dividend after ten-year absence and announces change of industry classification to Oil Services


Cape establishes Jersey-incorporated Group holding company which is admitted to the premium listing segment of the London Stock Exchange
Cape acquires refractory lining business York Linings International


Cape's Group Chief Executive Officer Joe Oatley joins the business


Cape acquires Motherwell Bridge, leading tank storage specialist


Cape acquires Redhall Engineering Solutions Limited, now rebranded as Cape Engineering Services

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