2022 is a milestone year for us as we celebrate our 80th year in business
We’ve come a long way since our wartime beginnings in 1942 and are today proud to be a market leader and manufacturer of cable management products that are distributed across the globe. In line with our anniversary we are aiming to achieve an average usage of 80% recycled material across our PVC-U range.
We’ve come a long way since our wartime beginnings in 1942 and are today proud to be a market leader and manufacturer of cable management products that are distributed across the globe.
When C&C Marshall Limited was incorporated in London, 28th May 1942, the third German counter offensive was launched in the Western Desert by General Rommell, Mexico declared war on the Axis powers, and The Labour Party Conference ended with a declaration of unanimous support for Winston Churchill.
While we are still a family-run business, many things have changed since 1942. We have factories and warehouses in Watford and Manchester with our head office and manufacturing facility in Hastings, East Sussex.
A time-line of company history....
The company was born during the Second World War with a £394 War Loan and an idea built around the use of PVC, a new material just coming into commercial use.
The early years were not easy; it was war time, the extruders were unreliable, the company had limited funds and the harsh winters brought power shut downs.
A corner had been turned. Twelve employees were producing plastic cane, belting and piping at the rate of 26 tons per year. Annual turnover had reached £12,000.
As the business grew it needed more space so moved to Hastings, East Sussex where it remains today.
The Charlotte Marshall Charitable Trust was created to give help to health, educational and children’s charities both locally and throughout the world.
Some electrical installation work was being carried out in one of the factories, and the manager of a local electrical wholesaler, City Electrical Factors Ltd came to assess our needs. He was in the factory when he saw some white rigid tubing being produced. ‘I see you are producing plastic conduit’, he said. ‘No, that’s tubing for making up into flush bends for our sanitary ware customers’. A new era had begun and shortly after the company made its formal entry into the cable management market and started to sell a range of conduit.
The name ‘Marshall-Tufflex’ was registered and the logo was devised
Turnover had broken the £1,000,000 barrier and the company was securing a name for innovative, high quality products and good customer service. Conduit was being exported to some 20 countries, with the Middle East providing a busy order book.
The Mini Trunking design was patented and launched at the Electrex show. It was a huge success, transforming the re-wiring and refurbishment procedures of the time. This product, more than any other, established Marshall-Tufflex’s credentials and reputation.
A branch was opened in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow as a convenient distribution depot with good access to the M25.
The company celebrates their golden jubilee with a celebration at the De La Warr Pavilion.
The company started to experiment with using recycled material in manufacturing. A practice that has been refined and perfected over the years.
The company moved into an additional site at Churchfields Industrial Estate and started to manufacture rainwater guttering. The range was manufactured for 12 years and was then sold under licence to PolyPipe.
A new 34000sqft warehouse was opened in Manchester.
Charitable donations by the company reached an all time high as over £110,000 was donated to charity in this year alone.
Odyssey profile proved another landmark, bringing to market the only all-curved three compartment trunking profile.
The company head office moved to, Austin House on Churchfields Industrial Estate and the Ponswood site was sold to ASDA.
Shareholder, Cath Cirket took a particular interest in the wellbeing of the employees and before her death in 2011, established the Catherine Cirket Discretionary Trust. Her wish was that the Trust be used to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and welfare of current or former employees, or of their relatives.
Marshall-Tufflex score a hat-trick at the Electrical Wholesaler Awards with wins in Best Customer Service, Best Overall Supplier and Best new product categories.
Sterling Curve is launched to the industry – a sleek, curved update to the market leading Sterling range
The company bury a time capsule at their then head office on Churchfields Industrial Estate, Hastings and celebrate 75 years in business.
The company relocates it’s London collection and distribution hub to a brand new site in Watford and its head office moved to the manufacturing base at Castleham Industrial Estate, Hastings.
The company responds to the urgent requirement from the NHS Nightingale hospitals in response to the Covid19 pandemic and supplies trunking to numerous temporary hospitals up and down the country.
The company celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is recognised as the market leader for Cable Management and as a major player in the electrical industry. The company are aiming to achieve an average of 80% recycled content across their PVC-U product range in keeping with the 80th anniversary.