Saint-Gobain’s Graham Plumbers Merchant business has been sold to competitors Wolseley and UK Plumbing Supplies, with the latter taking the majority of the Graham branches, plus the Graham name and website. A smaller number of branches will go to Wolseley. These changes are expected to be completed over the coming weeks.
Graham Plumbers Merchant generated a turnover of around €260 million in 2020. The company has been part of the Saint-Gobain portfolio since the early 2000s. It began in Glasgow under the name Thomas Graham & Son and today has around 130 outlets and 840 employees.
UK Plumbing Supplies is the umbrella company for a number of plumbers merchant brands acquired in the last few years. This includes Willbond, HPS, Plumbase and Pavis. The sale of Wolseley UK was completed in January 2021 by Ferguson, the FTSE 100 listed distributor of plumbing and heating products mainly in North America, to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the US private equity firm.
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