The conveyor chain division of Letchworth-based FB Chain Ltd. has merged with mechanical engineering company BKC Products Ltd. of Blackburn to achieve mutual growth. They form a comprehensive and powerful team of engineering knowledge and experience to offer solutions that work.
FB Chain benefits from BKC’s design, manufacture and installation capabilities in conveyor applications, while BKC receives the support of one of Europe’s largest chain makers, backed by a £1 bn parent company, Addtech AB.
With immediate effect, FB Chain and BKC Products will act as one organisation, combining their individual strengths to tackle customers' conveying challenges – especially in the growing waste-to-energy sector.
FB Chain’s conveyor division will now be known as FBkc and based in Blackburn. All existing staff will remain at the site.
FB Chain's Letchworth operations will focus entirely on leaf chain and assembly solutions, as well as providing finance, HR and back office functions for the entire organisation.
The result is two divisions of FB Chain – FB Leaf Chain and FBkc – each with its own location and specialism.
More than just the chain
“A few years ago we created an autonomous division inside FB Chain to focus on the large pitch conveyor chain and special chains for which we are well known in Scandinavia and Central Europe. We soon found that many wood and biomass customers request more than just chain; they are looking for other connected products and often want us to provide installation for all the parts,” explains Peter Church, managing director of FB Chain.
“BKC’s wide experience and capabilities in design, manufacture, installation and servicing will enable us to deliver complete conveyor solutions, meeting customers’ needs,” he continues.
For BKC the decision to merge was a matter of business clout.
“From modest beginnings, we have established ourselves well during the 12 years we have been trading – working on projects valued at £1.3 million and completing turnkey jobs of circa £500k. As the size of our jobs grew, we began to compete with ‘the big boys’ but remained a small five-person company. Where potential clients felt there would be more security working with a larger company, we lost out,” explains David Chippendale, managing director of BKC.
BKC becomes part of one of Europe’s largest chain makers, backed by listed technology trading group Addtech, which has around 2,900 employees and achieved £1bn in revenue last year.
“The merger with FB Chain gives us the necessary financial and organisational strength to be competitive in the market, giving potential customers the peace of mind they need,” he adds.
Church concludes, “At FB Chain we focus on niche markets and strive to be the best in those markets. This merger with BKC Products will help us in our mission, securing a more successful future for all FB and BKC customers and employees.”