BSW Timber Ltd

BSW Timber Ltd, the UK’s largest integrated forestry and sawmilling group, has acquired Bayram Timber Ltd. Established over 20 years ago, Bayram is a market leading timber processor and manufacturer, and a key supplier into the UK caravan, leisure home and garden sectors.

Operating from a 17 acre site in Melton, East Yorkshire, the business has annual sales of£30 million and employs over 160 people.

The acquisition of Bayram will strengthen BSW’s value-added processing capabilities and further broaden BSW’s product offering and service to customers.

BSW was founded in 1848 and its head office remains in the town of Earlston in Berwickshire, Scotland, where the business originated.

The BSW Group has six main operating divisions – tree nurseries, forestry management, tree harvesting, sawmilling, biomass energy and timber processing and distribution – operating as BSW Timber, BSW Energy, Tilhill Forestry, Dick Brothers, Alvic Plastics, Maelor Forest Nurseries and BSWTimber Solutions, and now Bayram Timber.

BSW Group is the largest timber and forestry business in the UK, with combined turnover of over £580 million and capacity to produce over 1.2 million cubic metres of sawn timber per year.

The sawmilling business operates at seven sites across the UK with one in Latvia.

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Following the acquisition, BSW plans to undertake a significant capital investmentprogram in the Melton site to increase capacity and broaden the capabilities of thebusiness. Geoff Goodwin, Chairman of Bayram, said: “We are proud of what we have achieved atBayram over the last 20 years and delighted to be selling the business to such a goodhome in BSW. “Bayram has a strong position within the caravan and timber market, and by being avalued supplier into BSW for many years, we feel this acquisition is hugely positive forour employees, customers and the whole supply chain”. Tony Hackney, CEO of BSW, added: “We are very pleased to be strengthening ourposition in the value-added timber market by acquiring Bayram. The opportunity toenhance our supply chain and additionally widen our product offering is exciting. “This represents another major milestone in the growth of BSW and provides ourcustomers with a more robust and broader range of products. We are looking forward todrawing on the expertise and knowledge of Geoff, Chris Husband and the whole team atBayram. I would also like to thank the Endless LLP team for their support in acquiringBayram.”Bayram will be integrated with BSW Timber Solutions Ltd and will continue to operatefrom the existing site in Melton. Bayram processes 120,000m³ of machined and furtherrefined timber annually, with the support of 160 colleagues. Bayram supplies bespokecomponents for many markets including garden, caravan manufacturers; timbermerchants; and decking and cladding retailers.

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