150 YEARS OF ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS
In 1863 a London paper agent, Mr. Sigismund Pollitzer, and a Mr. John Beck established a general carrier and warehousing partnership at 211 Upper Thames Street. The partnership flourished and the company quickly grew to become one of the key wharfingers, importers and distributors in London. By the turn of the century the business was booming and the company purchased additional premises along the Thames. Riverside cranes were installed and horses began to give way to steam traction engines, increasing carrying capacity and speed of distribution.
In 1907 the business expanded into exhibition contracting and stand manufacturing as well as growing its existing business into transport and export packing. By the end of the First World War these new business areas were thriving and the company was able to invest in growing its fleet of motorised vehicles so that it could provide better services to its customers.
In 1932 new members of the Pollitzer family joined the company, including Frank’s sons Joseph and George and Percy’s son Edward.
In 1961 the remaining Pollitzer family members decided to sell their interests in the business to the Transport Development Group (TDG), which then took sole ownership.
During the 1970s and 80s the company undertook increasingly larger engineering projects, especially within the automotive sector which was quickly growing in the UK.
In 1994 Beck & Pollitzer returned to independent ownership. This has ensured the continuation of all the company’s services on a national basis and encouraged its further development as Europe’s most innovative and customer-dedicated contractor, capable of competing for business throughout the world.
TO A GROWING GLOBAL SERVICE PROVIDER
Today, Beck & Pollitzer is backed by Graphite Capital. This combination of Beck & Pollitzer and Graphite provides the company with a well-structured platform for future growth and development and continues to position the business as the leading installation and relocation service specialist on a global basis.