Company History

Montrose was formed in 1991 following a Management buyout conducted by the present Managing Director Charles Ainsworth. Prior to that the company had been a distributor to the OEM market of stainless steel fasteners. Once independent from its parent company Montrose began a decade of consistent growth and inward investment. From its relatively modest beginning the company quickly gained a reputation as a specialist in this field.

In 1993 , in recognition of the exacting requirements of its OEM customer base, the company attained BSI accreditation. Later that year Montrose designed and introduced the first VMI ( Vendor Managed Inventory ) system . The partnership was a joint initative with the UK arm of a large an American Corporation. That contract still exists today, although with the technological advances available to the management team now, it is quite a different process than it was back in 1993.

In 1994, the company started manufacturing of its own threaded fasteners. Over the following 10 years this production facility was improved and leading to a production capacity of over 40 million screws per annum.

In 1995 following a period of continued growth and a doubling of the work force the company relocated to larger premises on the Slough trading estate, and also around that time started to trade with more clients abroad as well as all over the UK . A lot of the growth is attributed to the calibre of the staff and the relationships they have with both with customers and suppliers alike. The companies adoption of the investors in people standard has supported this belief and has proven to play a big part in creating the right environment for further investment.

By 2000 the company was ready to make its next strategic move and shortly afterwards acquired Beefast fasteners in High Wycombe . This business complemented Montrose because it specialised in the other areas of Fasteners and thus this enabled the combined company to make a much wider offering to its growing customer base.

In the following year larger premises were acquired and fully renovated to provide over 20,000 square feet of first class office and warehouse to house both businesses. The integration of both teams provided the economies of scale and specialisation that the market was demanding and also assisted with reducing the overheads.

Over the following 10 years the customer base had shifted and now demanded ever higher standards of quality and the appropriate accreditation to support it. By 2009 , this prompted the appointment to the Board of a Senior Quality Engineer , reflecting the importance the company placed on meeting these demands. Later the following year we attained the Aerospace acreditaion AS 9120. Since that date our customer base in Electronics, defense, Medical, and Aerospace has continued to utilise our services and sales have grown further.

Today the company is a professional team of skilled and motivated people. It has the resources to design and implement stock management systems constisting of 1000,s of line items sourced from all over the world. We are trading daily with customers in the Asia , Europe and the Americas . However the small local business is just as important to us because we value their loyalty just as much as much as we value the PLC.