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A brief history of Hardie Polymers

A brief history of Hardie Polymers

At Hardie Polymers we have put together a timeline of our company history.

We’ve been supplying plastics to UK moulding companies since 1960. With such a pedigree, we’re worth talking to.

History Timeline

Our brief history timeline pdf summarises our story but below you can also read about these milestones of ours.

Our Milestones


Firstly, the company was founded by brothers Jim and Graeme Hardie as J&G Hardie Limited and initially supplied the baking industry with all its core ingredients.

Jim & Graeme Hardie - the history of Hardie Polymers


J&G Hardie Ltd was appointed as Sales Agent for the Anchor Chemical Company who made rubber compounding chemicals.

1960’s – 1970’s

Hardies were closely involved with the sale of Cycolac ABS to Hoover for their vacuum cleaners, which were manufactured in Cambuslang and also to the Singer Sewing Machine Company, who employed more than 10,000 people in Clydebank at their peak. (Pictured below is the largest sewing machine factory in the world)


1990’s – 2000’s

Having sold injection moulding machines in the past for companies such as Maurer and Metalmeccanica, the company forged a new successful alliance with Demag Hamilton and became outright market leader for many years. During this period they also supplied ancillary equipment for companies such as Jenco and Wittmann.

Mannesmann Demag and the Motorola boom


With sales of capital equipment in Scotland sharply down from the previous decade, Hardie Polymers decided to exit the machine sales market and concentrate solely on their polymer sales business.


Fergus Hardie, the current MD, was appointed President of the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association and also Vice-Chairman of the Polymer Distributors and Compounder’s Group at the British Plastics Federation in London.


Hardie Polymers became the first independent distributor in the UK to win the coveted Plastics Industry Award for Polymer Distributor of the Year.

Our history - Plastics Industry Award for Polymer Distributor of the Year.

The company expanded and moved to new larger modern offices in Clydebank.


Hardie Polymers marked a ten-fold growth in UK customer numbers in just 7 years!


More Information / Contact Us

If you would like to read more about our past then you are welcome to also read our history webpage.

Finally, you can contact us today on 0141 952 1900 or

you can email [email protected]


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