About CPL

Strong Growth through Premium Brands

CPL is a major success story for UK industry and particularly in the UK coal sector.

CPL was founded in 1973 from the non-mining operations of British Coal. In 1995, it was privatised through a management buy-out, supported by Legal and General Ventures and RBSCPL was refinanced in 2006 by Vision Capital and RBS, before the petroleum distribution business was sold to DCC in 2007.

Our Management Team took over in 2007. They redefined CPL's core strategy and have since increased revenues by 36% and EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) by 156% over the last three years.CPL Industries - Delivering a better service

CPL now handles around 50% of all UK domestic use solid fuel products (approximately 500,000 tonnes in 20010/11) and employs an average of 520 people. Today, CPL is Europe's leading and most innovative manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler of solid fuels.

CPL is the largest producer of solid fuel briquettes in Europe.

In 20010/11 CPL manufactured over 300,000 tonnes, over four times more than our nearest competitor.  We are the UK industry's price and quality leader and have built a successful and growing European export business to France, Germany and Ireland.

CPL is the UK's largest coal merchant and wholesaler, selling to around 70,000 end users, 15 wholesalers, 600 merchants and 7,000 retailers. We are the only solid fuel distributor covering England and Wales, making over one million deliveries to around 100,000 customer locations a year via our 31 depots and our modern 180 truck fleet.

CPL has a market leading position with key UK supermarket, DIY and forecourt distribution channels.

Our established, market-leading brands and an expanding product range cover all price points and address the increasingly important renewable fuels (wood logs, wood pellets, renewable content briquettes) market.


CPL has the broadest product range in the sector, manufacturing 12 solid fuel products. Around 80% of our manufactured products are sold under our own premium brands, including Homefire, Phurnacite, Logs2U, Supagrill and Woodpellets2u.

We also have a rapidly growing web presence, with internet sales up 600% since 2007/08.

CPL is well positioned to grow in a 2.1 m tonne per annum market, with high barriers to entry and strong growth drivers.
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The UK market for briquettes and wood is currently around one million tonnes per annum and growing, driven by increasing consumer desire to go green, rising demand for multi-fuel stoves and the Renewable Heat Incentive . For example, sales of multi-fuel and wood burning stoves rose 33% in the UK between 2007 and 2009. 

There has been rapid growth in supermarket, forecourt and DIY outlet sales of charcoals, briquettes and wood over the last two years, rising 70% between 2007-08 and 2009-10.
CPL has strong established relationships with leading wholesalers, merchants, retailers and end-users in the UK, handling around 50% of the UK coal-based solid fuel market.


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The UK's largest coal merchant and wholesaler. CPL is also the largest producer of solid fuel briquettes in Europe.

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