In the year 1666, when Samuel Pepys recorded in his famous diary the details of the Great Fire of London, a group of brothers by the name of Gundry established a company to manufacture ropes and sails at Bridport on the coast of Dorset, in south-west England.
More than three centuries later, in 1968, Bridport-Gundry Ltd. went into partnership with James McLeod, a retired fisherman in Killybegs, Ireland, to open a netmaking factory there to supply the local fleet. In 1974, his friend and neighbour, Albert Swan set up another net firm in Killybegs to specialise in midwater trawl technology. Swan Net Ltd. expanded rapidly in Ireland Britain and further afield, especially in North America and Iceland.
The company established by James McLeod was thriving also and had earned a solid reputation at home and overseas. In 1999, Swan Net Ltd. took the overall prize in the Marketing Campaign‚ section of the Icelandic Fisheries Awards competition. As a result of the international awareness created by winning this prestigious award, the Hampidjan group, a powerful Icelandic-based concern with interests throughout the world, acquired a shareholding in Swan Net Ltd. the following year. In 2002, Gundrys Ltd and Swan Net Ltd., came together within the Hampidjan Group to form Swan Net-Gundry Ltd.
In 2002, Gundrys Ltd and Swan Net Ltd., came together within the Hampidjan Group to form Swan Net-Gundry Ltd. The new company with the long history is today one of the strongest netmaking concerns in the world, offering a wide range of products and services to customers near and far. We supply static gear such as gill nets and pots to small inshore fishermen on the Irish and British Atlantic and North Sea coasts. We stock all the accessories from boots and clothing to chains, ropes, swivels and shackles.
For our bigger customers, we design and manufacture midwater trawls and bottom trawls to the highest standards. Our markets include Ireland, Scotland, England, Shetland, the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Alaska fleet and Chile in South America. We have also delivered to customers in Newfoundland, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Spain,Guatemala, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Argentina.
The secret of our success is knowledge and experience of the industry and a passion for excellence in materials and workmanship. Several of our directors, managers and workers have first-hand experience of the fishing industry, as skippers, owners or crew. This knowledge is invaluable in understanding customers‚ requirements and in perfecting the performance of our nets.
As a member of the Hampidjan group of companies, we are part of an international network, linking us to important research and developments in materials and design of netting, ropes and chandlery. It is our intention to grow our product range and develop new markets as well as consolidating the existing customer base in Ireland,Britain, Europe, South America and the United States.
As a member of the prestigious Hampidjan Group of companies, which has a world-wide presence in the fishing industry, we are agents for Poly-Ice trawl doors, DYNICE ropes and MagNet high-strength lightweight netting.
Through Hampidjan, we benefit from a major on-going research and development programme into materials design and performance.
As well as our headquarters and manufacturing premises in Killybegs, we have service depots in Shetland, Fraserburgh, Rossaveal, Castletownbere and Skibbereen, at Gloucester, Mass., U.S.A.and an agency in Chile.