Our history & journey | Over 100 years’ experience

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services and Safway Group completed their previously announced merger on 22 June 2017. The merger forms a globally leading provider for global industrial, commercial and infrastructure services. The main go-to brand name in the United States is BrandSafway, along with other established and well-known corporate brands. Existing brand names such as Aluma Systems, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Hünnebeck and SGB will continue to exist in the international markets.


During 2014, Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services re-introduced a number of well recognised trading names into the global scaffolding, formwork and shoring marketplace. 

  • Our Industrial Services team now operates under the name “Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services” in the UK. This introduced a globally recognised name as we continuing to deliver industry-leading and safe industrial services for specialised fabric maintenance and shutdown requirements.  
  • Commercial Scaffolding, Mechanical Access, Hire & Sale and Training now operates as “SGB” in the UK. Dating back to 1919, SGB is one of the industry’s best known and well respected names within the access services field. Our “total access” philosophy continues to ensure the right solution is developed based on your specific project requirements.
  • Our Formwork & Shoring group launched under the “Hünnebeck” name for the first time in the UK. The global reinstatement of the Hünnebeck brand name was widely recognised as an important step forward within the concrete construction industry.


In September 2013, Harsco Corporation announced the sale of its Infrastructure business into a joint venture with the private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. At the same time, CD&R purchased Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services, Inc and combined the two businesses into a leading single-source provider of specialized construction and industrial services to the worldwide energy and infrastructure sectors.


All existing access, formwork and industrial maintenance companies acquired by Harsco over the years, join forces to operate under the name of Harsco Infrastructure. This gives birth to one of the biggest suppliers of formwork, scaffolding, powered access equipment and industrial services worldwide.


The group acquires ESCO Interamerica, one of the biggest suppliers of engineering services for infrastructure work in Latin America and the Caribbean. This acquisition represents a significant strengthening of presence on the South American market.

Bell Scaffolding Group is acquired. The company operates in seven locations in Australia and adds depth and major project expertise to the region.

The group acquire Nicol UK who specialise in the provision of scaffolding, insulation and painting services to major petrochemical, energy and industrial clients throughout the UK for new facility construction and maintenance. The acquisition strengthens the capability to offer a multi-disciplined service to its UK customers.


Sovereign Access Services are acquired. The business adds depth and knowledge to the suspended access and mast climbing work platform experience in the UK.

The acquisition of Belfast based Buckley Scaffolding (NI) Ltd is completed. Buckley Scaffolding, which had been in operation for over 50 years, is one of the best known providers of contract scaffolding services in Northern Ireland.

The international expansion is progressing rapidly. Further companies are founded in Peru, Romania and Russia.


Cleton Industrial Maintenance Services acquired. The company specialises in providing scaffolding and related insulation services for the maintenance of some of the largest oil refinery, petrochemical, and process plant sites in the Benelux countries and Germany.


In November 2005, the group acquire Hünnebeck Group GmbH, Europe's third largest provider of formwork and scaffolding systems. With subsidiaries in 12 countries throughout Europe and the Middle East the acquisition adds countries including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Norway and Sweden to the network.


After acquiring a majority stake holding in 2001, Mastclimbers Ltd was fully acquired in 2004, securing a market leading position in the UK mast climbing work platform market. The experience within the company also expanded this specialist product offering across its geographic footprint.


The group acquire its former distributor in Australia, Raffia Contracting Pty, as well as Raffia's sister company Tower International Pty, both based in Sydney. The purchase creates a solid base for the emerging access services and rental equipment presence in the Australian construction market.


Scafform, a former distributor in the Republic of Ireland is acquired and re-establishes a full presence in the region.


SGB Services Ltd becomes a part of Harsco.  Together with Patent, the acquisition marks the strategic intent to become one of the world’s largest suppliers of scaffolding, forming and related access products and services.

SGB acquire the Dutch insulation company ADB marking the start of the multi-disciplinary industrial service in Holland.


Patent Construction Systems became a part of Harsco.


During the 1950’s Patent starts to supply the formwork systems of Hünnebeck to the US market. This followed a short period of adapting existing scaffold systems and developing its own bespoke systems after it first entered the formwork market in the 1940’s. 


SGB enter the powered access market with a range of Simon Hydraulic Platforms.


Dr. Emil Mauritz Hünnebeck founds the Rautennetz GmbH company in Essen, Germany, dedicated to the design and manufacture of the “lozenge net” developed by its founder. In 1961 the company became known as Hünnebeck GmbH.

Daniel Palmer-Jones founds Scaffolding Great Britain (SGB). Immediately launching a product called the ‘Universal Coupler’ which is still widely used in today’s scaffolding industry. Right from the start, SGB proved to be an innovative supplier to the construction trade.


In the USA, the three companies, Pitou, Beinecke and Davidson, found Patent Construction Systems. The same year and with the introduction of a heavy-duty scaffolding system, the company sets new standards in access equipment safety.


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