Cape was founded in 1893, as an importer and manufacturer of insulation materials. Over time, we have grown significantly through organic business development, acquisitions and geographic expansion. In 2017, we became part of the Altrad Group, creating a group with an unrivalled position in many territories. 

1893

Cape Group is founded

1894

Turin factory opens

1896

Acquisition of first factory in the UK

1913

Barking (London) factory opens

1939

Manufacturing begins at Acre Mill, West Yorkshire

1945

Acquisition of Uxbridge Flint Brick Company and first Uxbridge premises

1969/70

Closure and sale of Barking and Acre Mill Factories

1976

Cape Scaffolding is created

1979

Sale of mining operations in South Africa

1982

Manufacturing of asbestos products ceases

1994

Cape Scaffolding and Cape Contracts merge to form Cape Industrial Services

2002

Cape Calsil manufacturing business and premises close and go on sale

2006
  • Cape creates a £40m asbestos fund for UK claimants
  • Sale of the Cleton group of companies (Netherlands, Belgium and Germany)
  • Acquisition of DBI Group
2007
  • Acquisition of TCC, Concept Hire and PCH in Australia
  • All Cape companies unite under single Cape brand
2010

Reintroduction of dividend after ten-year absence

2011
  • Establishes Jersey-incorporated Group holding company which is admitted to the premium listing segment of the London Stock Exchange
  • Acquisition of refractory lining business, York Linings International
2012

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

2014

Acquisition of Motherwell Bridge, leading tank storage specialist

2015

Acquisition of Redhall Engineering Solutions Limited, rebranded as Cape Engineering Services

2017
  • Cape is acquired by the Altrad Group, creating a group with an unrivalled position in many territories.
  • Cape plc shares are cancelled from the Official List and from trading on the London Stock Exchange.