CCP Gransden is a UK-based family business with a rich engineering heritage.
We are constantly advancing, successfully supporting countless projects right through from concept to commercialisation, across a diverse range of ventures.
Over many years we have accrued a significant amount of know-how.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CCP GRANSDEN
In 1894 Augustus Warren Hamilton ('Gussie' to his friends) was a young Belfast engineer sailing the North Atlantic with the Ulster Steamship Company. Spurred on to establish his financial security Gussie left his job, returned to his hometown, borrowed money, and founded 'Hamilton and McMaster Engineering Co' with a friend. The business was established in Princes Dock Street, at the heart of the growing community living and working in the bustling cobbled streets of Sailortown, in Belfast. At this time Belfast was the premier shipbuilding centre of the world and the firm took on general engineering and ship repair work in the docks. After five years graft, the team had managed to pay off all debts in full plus interest.
The business continued to develop.
[Below] The SS Straide is repaired after surviving damages from a German naval mine during World War 1.
Numerous challenges were faced.
The First World War saw the company tasked with essential admiralty repairs.
In the following years the post war recession brought difficult conditions. With the shipyards less busy men would queue for any limited work they could get, and in some cases, this was for only one or two hours in a day. Notably, at one point during the early 1930's at the height of the Great Depression, managerial staff took no salary in order to pay for materials.
During The Second World War the business was once again listed as a key 'reserve occupation'. In 1941, the premises narrowly survived major fires amidst the Belfast Blitz, managing to carry on essential work throughout the surrounding destruction. In addition to their day-to-day work many employees also volunteered their free time in the home guard over the course of the war.
As had similarly been the case years before, despite employing over 400 extra labourers during the war period the company was not permitted to claim any profits and then suffered in the post war recession.
Later, during The Troubles, the company and its employees faced more tough times. Sadly the community around Princes Dock Street witnessed a number of merciless bombings.
Major changes to the shipbuilding industry presented a key hurdle.
Core policies of upholding sound engineering workmanship and continuous innovation, have helped the company be adaptable through historical challenges, taking on a wide variety of interesting projects.
The company diversified into plastics in the 1960's establishing 'Corrosion Control Plastics', and was one of the first in the region to realise the opportunities with modern composites as the field rapidly developed.
Around this time the business moved to new larger premises in Ballygowan, just south of Belfast.
As the corrosion resistant plastics element of the business grew, the company name evolved with it. Corrosion Control Plastics led to the 'CCP' acronym, with 'Gransden' added when the firm acquired Gransden (BiChem).
Many firms came and went; selling-out, moving abroad, or succumbing to changing markets.
CCP Gransden innovated.
A linked spin out is CCP Gransden's sister company Hamilton Erskine who manufacture 'Tecdur' blast / ballistic protection solutions, based at the same location in Ballygowan.
50+ YEARS MANUFACTURING COMPOSITES
CCP Gransden have made several major technological investments, growing a sophisticated facility which boasts potentially the UK's largest selection of advanced composites manufacturing processes in-house.
WE ARE PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE
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