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Since the first James Latham began importing hardwoods into Liverpool in 1757, the company has, under the continuing management and direction of the Latham family, developed into a leading importer and distributor of wood-based sheet materials ("panel products"), joinery quality softwoods and hardwoods and hardwood flooring. The company has a nationwide, strategically placed distribution base, fully able to bring our ever expanding range of products and services to existing and potential customers. 

Lathams Ltd is the trading subsidiary of James Latham PLC. With 14 trading sites located in Dudley, Fareham, Gateshead, Hemel Hempstead, Leeds, Purfleet, Scotland, Thurrock, Leicester & Yate, Rochdale, Dublin, Cork and Belfast, we're able to offer a wide range of products for pre-arranged collection or delivery to our customers.

Our stock of panel products constitutes probably the most comprehensive range of species, sizes and non-standard thicknesses available in the UK today. We regularly launch new products, including Honext, manufactured from recycled paper pulp, details of which you can find on this website, along with our up-to-date range of Latham product literature, which is available to download.

We continue to hold comprehensive stock of the main temperate and tropical hardwoods from around the world. These include European, North American, African and Far Eastern species. We also source high quality joinery softwood from North America and Scandinavia. In addition, our WoodEx brand of engineered timber offers the straightest, strongest and most efficient option for joinery projects.

Our depots have the ability to offer further processed panel products, plus timber cladding and mouldings.

Lathams-owned Advanced Technical Panels (ATP) are the industry leading specialist distributors of overlaid and pre-finished panels into the transport, access tower and playground manufacturing sectors.

We are members and supporters of the Timber Trade Federation and were the first signatories to their Responsible Purchasing Policy. The company has a strong environmental policy with all depots being accredited for the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.


For a copy of our environmental statement and to view or download our environmental brochure, please visit our Environmental section.

Information is also available from our marketing department on email: [email protected]  or telephone: 0116 257 3415.

Please click here to download a copy of our Company Mission Statement.

James Latham PLC is an AIM listed company.

Registered Office:

Lathams Ltd

Unit C2, Breakspear Park, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4TZ

Registered Number 967247, registered in England and Wales

Email: [email protected]

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