History of CPL

There's a long and detailed history behind Coal Products and the company we are today. From our humble beginnings, way back in 1731, we have grown and developed to be the UK's leading coal merchant and supplier.

To give you an idea behind the history of Coal Products, we've summarised it below in a fascinating timeline:

1731
Charringtons was established
1800's
Coal sales boom as a result of the Industrial Revolution
1920's
New motorised delivery vehicles were introduced
1923
Charringtons' Head Office founded
1956
Clean Air Act introduced to cut smoke emissions from Britain's homes and factories
1970's
Charringtons' fleet continues to grow
1995
Senior management completed a buy out of Coal Products Ltd. from British Coal Corporation
1997
The acquisition of Charringtons and British Fuels Ltd. to form CPL Distribution Ltd.
1999
Garden products introduced into the range
2005
CPL's delivery fleet re-branded presenting a new modern image
2007
Ecoal, UK's first "eco" smokeless fuel produced
2009
Installation of the new packing plant and distribution hub to boost productivity and support the supply chain
2009
Kiln drying log production commenced
2010
WoodPellets2U launched
2011
Launch of CPL Fuels Ireland
2012
Development of Ecoal50

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