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PHS Teacrate acquires GB Nationwide Crate Hire

26 August 2009

PHS Teacrate, the UK’s largest crate supplier, has acquired the second biggest supplier, GB Nationwide, from owners Crown Records Management in a deal that increases its market share to 60 percent.

PHS Teacrate will be integrating GB Nationwide’s customers and staff into their existing operation across nine service centres. The 19 GB staff, have been given the opportunity to transfer to Teacrate locations, and a significant proportion have already done so. Teacrate will not be acquiring GB’s six service centres and vehicle fleet, which will be retained by Crown Records Management.

The move to Teacrate will offer ex-GB customers a number of benefits including:

  • Access to a wider product range including crates, handling equipment and packaging
  • Next day delivery as standard on all products if ordered before 5pm
  • Free access to ‘Cratelink’ the online tracking and ordering system
  • UK wide coverage and product availability through 9 strategically located and fully stocked depots
  • Continued investment in new product and service development to meet customer requirements

David Wicks, Managing Director of PHS Teacrate comments; "This acquisition means that PHS Teacrate are the only true national crate supplier in the UK. We are working closely with GB staff at present to ensure a smooth and successful transition, and look forward to the growth opportunities that this development will provide." He adds; "We welcome all former GB customers to PHS Teacrate and look forward to supporting them, through our unrivalled service levels, largest and most varied crate stocks and offering them additional services, such as packaging materials."


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