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Supporting builder’s merchants

We recognise the challenges facing merchants – customer demand, time pressures and unusual requests. With huge stocks, rapid deliveries and a wide variety of timber, mouldings, cladding, sleepers, panels and solid surfaces – James Latham stock it, so you don’t have to.

As one of the UK and Ireland’s largest independent distributors, with a longstanding reputation for delivering quality products and exceptional service via our 14 local depots, we’re already working with many of the leading merchants in the UK – both chains and independents - helping them stay on top of customer demand.

With a history reaching back over 265 years, Lathams are well known for being innovators. We consistently push the boundaries of materials selection, from our origins in timber products, panels and door blanks, through to the modern day, where we sit as one of the sectors’ most recognised suppliers of cutting edge materials technologies, including decorative laminates, veneers, thermoplastics and acrylics.

For merchants, our pioneering and reliable reputation holds many benefits. As well as being your first port of call for standard products such as OSB, MDF and plywood, we also hold a huge range of exclusive and specialist ranges. With James Latham by your side you never need to turn your back on a sales opportunity.

Why choose James Latham?

  • Huge and varied stocks of hardwoods, softwoods, modified and engineered timber products, cladding, decking, sleepers, panels and surfaces, laminates, melamines and more. 
  • Access to unique and exclusive products – Finish Line Cladding Collection, WoodEx Engineered timber, Garnica poplar plywood, mouldings and a bespoke milling/coating service.
  • Transparent and robust Chain of Custody for all our products, supporting your own supply chain/COC requirements.
  • We apply solid environmental, ethical and sustainability policies across our entire stock portfolio.
  • Longstanding and trustworthy supply chains mean we can always keep up with demand.
  • Nationwide, rapid delivery from 14 depots across the UK & Ireland.
  • Local employees who really know your area.
  • Fast and economic direct from port option available for bulk loads.
  • Mixed loads/split packs options.
  • Experienced industry professionals teamed with specialist product managers mean we are able to offer solutions and advice in the most challenging of applications.
  • Competitively priced.
  • Opportunities for joint marketing activity.
  • Sales tools including videos and product information.

We understand what it takes to have the competitive edge. Speak to our dedicated Merchant Sales Manager today to discuss a specific package that works for you and your business. 


Andy Jones –  Group Merchant Sales Manager

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 07817 122427

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