Global distributor Bunzl plc has acquired W.K. Thomas and Industrial Supplies from W.K. Thomas & Co Limited, and Industrial Supplies UK Limited.
W.K. Thomas is a distributor in the UK of foodservice products, particularly to customers in the catering and airline sectors. Industrial Supplies is engaged in the distribution of cleaning and hygiene products throughout the East of England. The aggregate revenue of the businesses in the year ended Dec. 31, 2008 was about £35 million.
These businesses complement our existing horeca and cleaning & hygiene operations in the UK. This transaction demonstrates our ability to take advantage of appropriate opportunities as they arise in what is a particularly tough environment in the UK & Ireland, says Michael Roney, chief executive of Bunzl.