The Australian government develops the Allied Materials Handling Standing Committee to provide efficient handling of defence supplies during World War II.
After World War II, the US Army leaves behind a wealth of materials handling equipment at their military bases in Australia. The Australian government combines this asset base with existing infrastructure to form the Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool, or CHEP.
The government decides to privatise the equipment-handling industry and mandates the sale of the organisation now known simply as CHEP.
Brambles, a business formed in 1875 with experience in materials handling, acquires CHEP. The business experiences rapid growth and, within a few years, operates the largest pool of pallets and containers in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest hiring fleet of forklift trucks in Australia.
CHEP launches equipment-pooling operations in 14 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, South Africa, Canada and the USA.
CHEP launches its Automotive Solutions business in Australia, followed by Europe in 1993.
CHEP launches it's Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) business in the automotive market in Australia and then extends into general industry.
CHEP introduces the four-way entry wood block pallet, which revolutionises the materials handling industry by improving handling efficiency.
CHEP launches Total Pallet Management (TPM) in the USA
CHEP launches pooling operations in a further 22 countries across Africa, Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe and Asia.
In 1998, Brambles acquires Catalyst & Chemical Containers, a specialist provider of pooled container solutions to the petro-chemical industry, and relaunches it as CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers.
CHEP launches its Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC) business in Australia.
In 2002, CHEP opens the CHEP Innovation Centre in Orlando, Florida, USA, providing an industry-leading packaging and unit-load configuration testing facility.
CHEP expands its network of pooling operations further in the Middle East, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe
Total Container Management (TCM) services offered in Europe.
Following success in the USA, Total Pallet Management (TPM) launches in Europe.
Brambles acquires transport management solutions provider LeanLogistics, enhancing CHEP's logistics management capabilities.
Brambles acquires Unitpool, an independent provider of pooled unit-load devices (ULDs), marking CHEP's entry into the aerospace solutions sector.
Brambles acquires CAPS, a provider of and pooling services for intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) to form an IBC business in the Americas.
Brambles makes its largest ever acquisition, IFCO Systems, a global provider of RPC pooling services and a provider of pallet management services in the USA (March).
Brambles acquires maintenance and repair organisations (MROs) JMI Aerospace and Driessen Services in the aerospace solutions sector and formally launches CHEP Aerospace Solutions as an equipment pooling and repair service dedicated to servicing the pooling and maintenance requirements of the aviation industry.
CHEP expands further in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America, taking the total number of countries in which it provides equipment pooling solutions to more than 50.
Brambles expands its Canadian pallet management and pooling operations through the acquisition of Paramount Pallet
Brambles acquires Pallecon, a leading provider of intermediate bulk container solutions in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
Brambles demerges Recall to focus on Pooling Solutions.
Brambles buys Airworld, UK-based ULD maintenance & repair organization.
Brambles acquires Transpac, German dry goods IBC pooler and Ferguson Group, a leading provider of container logistics solutions for the offshore Oil & Gas sector.
Brambles buys Chilean RPC provider, Rentapack.
Brambles acquires the remaining 2/3 of IFCO Japan.
Brambles acquires Kegstar.
In 2015, CHEP introduces customer solutions portfolio.
Brambles combined its Oil & Gas container solutions businesses - Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers - with Hoover Container Solutions to create an independent joint venture company, Hoover Ferguson Group for which Brambles owns a 50% share. In the same year, Brambles also divested LeanLogistics and CHEP Aerospace and launched BXB Digital.
Brambles divested its non-core North American recycled whitewood pallet business to Grey Mountain Partners. As part of the sale Brambles transferred 73 sites and approximately 2,400 employees to Grey Mountain Partners. Brambles retained the 88 plants and TPM sites and approximately 1,600 employees which service the CHEP USA pooled pallets business. In April 2018, Brambles sold its 50% share of Hoover Ferguson Group.
In August 2018, Brambles announced its intention to pursue a separation of its IFCO RPC business through either a sale or demerger. On 25 February 2019, Brambles announced it has entered into a binding agreement to sell IFCO. The transaction to sell the IFCO RPC business was completed in May 2019.
In February 2021, Brambles announced that it has entered into an agreement to combine its Kegstar keg rental business with leading US beer keg solutions provider MicroStar. Under the agreement, MicroStar will purchase Kegstar at an enterprise value of US$52.2 million and issue scrip in MicroStar to Brambles as consideration. The transaction was completed in April 2021.
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