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Brambles is an Australian based 'Global provider of support services' according to their web site. Operating in over 45 countries over 6 continents they employ 12,000 people and were valued at $50 billion American dollars at the end of 2006. Brambles businesses are The Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP) and Recall.

CHEP History

The Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP) evolved from the Allied Materials Handling Standing Committee (AMHSC). This organisation was developed by the Australian government to manage defence supplies during The Second World War. The end of the war resulted in the removal of AMerican troops from military bases in the South Pacific, leaving behind materials-handling equipment. With this additional, sophisticated asset base and established infrastructure, the Commonwealth Government continued to endorse the organisation after the war to support the national economy. The Australian government privitised the industry in 1949, it was not until 1958 that the company was sold to Brambles.

CHEP Today

Today CHEP's business involves the distribution of goods and the pooling of resources in order to transport products and raw materials. They have move than 300,000 clients including Procter & Gamble, SYSCO, Carrefour, Kellogg's, Woolworths, Kraft, Nestle, Lion Nathan, The Home Depot, Tesco, Unilever, Hewlett Packard, Ford and General Motors.


According to Bramble's company Web Site Recall is the other wing of it's business it deals in communications and the following extact from their web site sums up what they do. "Recall is a global leader in document and information management. Its services cover the management of physical and digital documents from creation and processing to secure destruction.... Recall's services are provided to a diverse customer base, with the primary focus on transaction-intensive market segments such as banking and finance, insurance, legal, health care, retailing and government. Customers can rely on Recall's knowledge of regulatory requirements, archival expertise and information management skills to provide the optimum solution for workflow processes in every industry....Recall operates through an expanding global network of off-site document management centres, computer back-up data protection centres and secure destruction centres. In addition, Recall operates data centres for digital documents that can be accessed and processed through secure Internet connections."



  1. ^Brambles Company Web Site Our Businesses Accessed April 2007