McBride Passionate about Private Label

McBride's heritage


1860 Camille Simon opened a laundry in West London

Camille Simon and his wife arrive in Britain and open a laundry in West London

1898 Simon's Lessive Cleaning Extract of Soap launched

The launch of Simon's Lessive Cleaning Extract of Soap.

1927 The first McBride company was founded

On 9 March, Robert McBride created a business in North Manchester to supply chemical processing products to Lancashire's cotton industry.

1945 Reg McBride moved the business to Middleton

McBride moves to its present location in Middleton, North Manchester. Under Reg McBride, our first consumer product is bleach, delivered overnight in glass bottles to local corner shops.

1960 Blow moulding commenced

The company entered an aggressive phase of expansion under the direction of Reg McBride's son, Terry. We launched washing-up liquid and fabric conditioner, and developed the in-house blowing of plastic bottles, following a growing demand for supermarket private labels.

1973 Robert McBride went public

The company went public, and acquired Gretna Laboratories, a toiletries business in Burnley Lancashire, increasing the range of operations and breadth of product range.

1975 Camille Simon introduce first fluid bed washing powder production in UK

Camille Simon introduced the first fluid bed washing powder production in UK.

1978 Robert McBride acquired by BP

Robert McBride was acquired by BP and becomes part of the detergents division.

1980 BP acquires Tensia

In order to broaden its detergents business BP acquired Tensia, a surfactant business based in Continental Europe.

1986 Launch of private label laundry liquids

Robert McBride became the first UK manufacturer of private label laundry liquids.

1987 Robert McBride Ltd acquired Camille Simon

Robert McBride Ltd acquired Camille Simon Ltd's washing powder factory at Barrow, bringing with it Surcare, our leading brand of laundry products designed for people with sensitive skin.

Robert McBride became the first manufacturer to develop two times concentrated washing powders.

Further UK acquisitions included ER Holloway's aerosol factory in Hull, and the Crestol Ltd haircare business in Bradford.

1988 75% share of Yplon Belgium acquired

In 1988 Yplon in Belgium and KopChemie in Italy were acquired; BP integrated these businesses with Tensia, which had acquired the Moyaux factory for private label liquid detergents and the Rosporden aerosol factory.

McBride was the first to launch a combined liquid detergent and fabric conditioner, as well as the first fine china dishwashing powder.

1993 BP decides to sell the Consumer Products Division

BP decided to sell its Consumer Products Division in 1993 to concentrate on its core business. The business was purchased by a group of institutional investors led by Lehman Bros and Legal and General Ventures, and fronted by Lord Sheppard of Didgemere and Mike Handley.

1994 McBride Ltd established

McBride Ltd was established to build on the goodwill attached to the McBride name.

1995 Arco Iris acquired in Spain and McBride plc floated on London Stock Exchange

Arco Iris in Spain and the retail washing powder business of Albright and Wilson Ltd were acquired.

McBride plc floated in July 1995.

1995-1998 Further European expansion

McBride's geographic and product range expanded through organic growth and acquisitions. Acquisitions during this period included Grada in Holland, Problanc, Sodichlor and Vitherm in France.

1998 McBride expanded into Poland

McBride expanded outside the EU commenced in 1998 with the acquisition of 85% of Intersilesia Sp Z.o.o. in southern Poland. We also opened sales offices in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Later the same year the acquisition of Globol Chemicals (UK) Ltd provided the group with access to controlled release air care technology.

1999 McBride expands in aerosols in the UK

McBride acquired 80% of Wrafton Laboratories in 1999, providing an entry into the rapidly growing over-the-counter medicines field. In the same year, our 50/50 joint venture with Nichol Beauty products created the UK's second largest independent filler of aerosol products.

2001 Liquid laundry sachets launched

McBride plc becomes the first company to launch soluble liquid laundry detergent sachets in Europe under the name Brio Actipods, beating the major multinational manufacturers.

In June, McBride announced the disposal of its 92.5% share in Wrafton Laboratories Ltd to Perrigo Corp of America in order to concentrate on its core household and personal care businesses.

McBride launched the repackaged Surcare brand and website.

2004 Announcement of closure of Breda & I&I facility in Estaimpuis

McBride announced the closure of its Breda factory in The Netherlands and the transfer of production to other sites in the group.

The company also stopped the manufacture of I&I (Industrial and Institutional) Products at the Estaimpuis site. We converted the facility into a modern household cleaner production unit.

In September McBride purchased the joint venture partners equity share in Aerosol Products Limited.

2006 Acquisition of the Household liquids business of Sanmex and Coventry Chemicals

McBride acquired the household liquids business and assets of Sanmex International Limited, and Coventry Chemicals two UK based private label suppliers.

In 2006 the company opened a sourcing office in Hong Kong.

2007 Acquisition of Dasty Italia and Henkel's European private label business.

We acquired Dasty, a privately owned manufacturer of private label household cleaning liquids, in Italy and Henkel's European private label Household products business, comprising the leading facility for Private label machine dishwashing tablet production in Europe and a household liquids factory in Coventry in the UK.

2008 Further acquisitions in the UK, new factory in China and Group Head office moved to Centre Point, Central London

In 2008 we aqcuired the production assets of Darcy industries in the UK with production facilities in Warrington plus the former Remploy household and personal care production facility in St Helens in the UK. McBride commissioned a greenfield manufacturing facility in Zhongshan China for production of specialist air fresheners.

In March 2008 the McBride plc Group Head office moved to Central London.

2009 Brand and asset acquisitions

In 2009 the group acquired the Ovenpride, Limelite and Frish brands in the UK and purchased the manufacturing assets of Budelpack Roosendaal in Holland.

2010 Appointment of New Chief Executive and further geographic expansion

Chris Bull appointed CEO of McBride plc

McBride further expands its geographic reach with the acquisition of 85% of Fortlab Holdings Sdn Bhd. The business specialises in the manufacturer of private label and branded personal care ranges in Malaysia and Vietnam.

In September 2010, McBride acquired the manufacturing facility of Dermacol a.s. a skin care factory based at Brno in the Czech Republic. The acquisition provided the business with a dedicted personal care facility in Central Eastern Europe.

2011 Announcement of Project Refresh

In 2011 Project "Refresh" was announced following a review of the Group strategy, aimed at improving the focus, prioritisation and execution of the Group Strategy, key elements include organisational change, improved competitiveness and efficiency as well as focus on growth markets and categories

In May 2011, the Group demonstrated its skin care capabilities at the PLMA exhibition in Amsterdam

In November 2011, the Group announced that production at the Burnley site in the UK would be transferred to other Group locations.

2017 Acquisition of Danlind

McBride plc, the leading European manufacturer and supplier of Co-manufactured and
Private Label products for the Household and Personal Care markets, announces that it has agreed to acquire Danlind a/s, a supplier of auto dish-wash and laundry products, based in Denmark.