Bunzl plc was incorporated in 1940 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1957, but its origins date back to 1854 when Moritz Bunzl opened a small haberdashery business in Bratislava, now the capital of Slovakia.

The business has changed and grown considerably over the years to become what is now a well known and recognised international distribution Group.

Explore the Bunzl Group history in more detail here (PDF, 96KB).

1854

Moritz Bunzl registers a haberdashery business in Bratislava, now the capital of Slovakia

1883

HQ relocates to Vienna and paper manufacturing business begins

1938

HQ relocates to London due to political upheaval in Central Europe

1957

Bunzl lists as a public company on the London Stock Exchange

1980s

Bunzl is a diversified business with fine paper distribution and manufacturing arm

1981

Acquisition of first consumables distribution business in the USA

1993

First European consumables distribution business acquired

2002

Sale of fine paper distribution business

2005

Manufacturing businesses demerge and Bunzl becomes a focused distribution and outsourcing Group

2007

Bunzl celebrates 50 years as a listed company on the London Stock Exchange

2008

Expansion into South America with acquisition in Brazil

2012

Further growth in South America with acquisitions in Chile, Peru, Argentina
and Colombia

2015

Bunzl’s operations now in 29 countries following acquisitions in Turkey and Austria