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Weir & Carmichael began business in 1955 when the current Managing Director’s father, Clifford Williams, bought the business from the Carmichael family. The firm had been supplying hessian and jute sacks for wheat and animal feed and Clifford, who had strong connections with the mills selling jute and twill bags built on this to establish a stronger business supplying hessian sacks to businesses in and around Liverpool.
Over the next 20 years the business expanded rapidly to include a wide range of packaging sacks and bags. These days we supply to over 1000 businesses throughout the UK, everything from agriculture to zoology. We still supply hessian sacks to the rice milling industry, but our main product line is woven polypropylene sacks, selling around 12 million per annum, making us one of the largest suppliers in the UK.
We are now into our third generation of the Williams family with Barrie Williams, Clifford’s son, as Managing Director. During our time in business we’ve survived a number of recessions and even a major fire back in 1978 that completely destroyed our original premises. After the fire we moved to premises in Pall Mall, Liverpool, where we stayed for over 30 years.
The core business of supplying sacks and bags to the manufacturing sector is still a key part of the business, but we have broadened our product portfolio and expanded into the waste and recycling sector with a range of complementary recycling products including kerbside sacks and bags, wheeled bins and an award winning range of protective packaging products.
Our packaging products are designed for robust industrial and commercial applications. We believe packaging should be bought for a purpose and not used wastefully.
In 2010 we moved from our original home near the centre of Liverpool to larger premises in Bootle. The move has allowed the business to expand its operations considerably. The following year we were successful in gaining a number of awards for our range of protective packaging products,
We are both ISO9001, IS014001 and ISO18001 accredited and as part of our commitment to the environment we now only used water based inks for printing.
Our business ethos is firmly rooted in the family tradition with a solid commitment to the values of quality and service, backed by a competitive price structure. Many of our customers have been trading with us for decades and the ethics our business is built on are one of our strongest competitive advantages.