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EBB acquires UK's largest board merchant Warren Board

From left to right: Matt Elliott, Anne Ferguson and Barry Pincott
From left to right: Matt Elliott, Anne Ferguson and Barry Pincott
16 Dec 2020 − 

The acquisition of Warren Board will make EBB the largest board merchant in the British and Irish markets and will further strengthen EBB's market position in this sector, following the acquisition of Dublin-based Uniboard in July 2019.

Elliott Baxter & Company Limited (EBB) has announced the acquisition of Warren Board, the UK's largest cartonboard merchant, with annual sales of £28m (October 2019). The transaction took effect on 14 December, EBB announced. No financial details on the deal were made public.

Warren Board will continue to operate from both the Leicester based warehouse (which stores over 10,000 pallets of product), and the West Bromwich converting facility (which has the capacity to convert over 5,000 tpy), EBB announced. During 2021, the company plans to integrate the Warren Board sales within the EBB service network.

The EBB Group, across all divisions in the UK and Ireland, will now hold over 50,000 pallets of paper and board, available for next day delivery, according to EBB's announcement.

Matt Elliott, MD Elliott Baxter & Co Ltd., commented: "Our new combined strength with Warren Board will see improved choice and better service to all of our UK and Ireland based customers. The Elliott Baxter Group is now not just the largest independently owned paper merchant, but also the largest cartonboard merchant in UK & Ireland."

Barry Pincott, Chairman and founder of Warren Board, and Anne Ferguson, Financial Director, will fully retire.

Mr Pincott said: "We have known the Elliott family for many years and knew they were the right people to trust with our company. The synergy is perfect and could not be more hand in glove."

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