Sheibani Group has added Thomas Howse to its growing portfolio of UK businesses

One of the leading manufacturing groups in the Middle East has completed its single largest investment in the UK with its acquisition of a historic producer of paint and powder coatings.

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The Sheibani Group has added the century-old Thomas Howse Ltd to its growing portfolio of UK businesses. Image source: alswart – (symbol image) -

The family-run Sheibani Group, which employs more than 2,000 people globally, has added the century-old Thomas Howse Ltd to its growing portfolio of UK businesses.

Based in the Black Country at Rowley Regis, near Birmingham, UK, Thomas Howse was established in 1903 and manufactures a diverse range of decorative, industrial and specialist coatings. It has a developing specialism in products that are 100% solvent-free, designed to reduce carbon footprint and deliver a safer work environment.

Thomas Howse joins T&R Williamson

The deal sees Thomas Howse joining another UK-based coatings company in the Sheibani Group, T&R Williamson, and pooling 362 years of industry expertise. The latter, founded in Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK, in 1775, is believed to be the oldest family-operated paint manufacturer still in existence worldwide, with its colour archive dating back to the first road vehicle in the UK.

Since 2011, T & R Williamson has held a Royal Warrant for the quality of its specialist paints, vanishes and lacquers – which includes fire-retardant and anti-graffiti coatings – for the railway, construction and transport sectors, exporting to clients as far away as Peru, Kenya, India and China.

Both firms will operate retaining their own identity and historical links as part of the group’s investment arm, UK Coatings Group Ltd.

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