13.12.2023 | Technology

MultiFreight celebrates half a century

In full celebration mode, MultiFreight is marking its 50th anniversary.

MultiFreight MD Ian Taylor says: “This is an incredible milestone for the business and one of which we are justifiably proud. The industry has changed almost beyond recognition since we started, but our commitment to delivering state-of-the-art technology-based solutions to clients remains steadfast.”

Sharing key dates in the company’s history, Ian continues: “The company was founded way back in 1973 – initially being called Security Computing Services Ltd, operating within the Norcros Group of companies as an independent computer service bureau and providing a wide range of computing services to clients.

“In 1980, our first freight forwarding system called “FORWARD” was released, followed shortly afterwards by our airfreight system “SKYWARD”.

“Then, in 1994, a management buyout took place, renaming the company to SCS Ltd, and we began solely focusing on developing software solutions for the freight forwarding and shipping industry. In 1995, our multimodal freight software system “MULTIFREIGHT” was launched, followed in 1996 by our UK customs solution technology, MultiShed.

“Some twenty years later, wishing to maintain independence, a second management buyout occurred when we renamed and rebranded to MultiFreight Limited.

After joining the company in 2013 as commercial director, Ian has been researching the company’s archives to mark its 50th anniversary. He continues: “It’s amazing what I found, old brochures and even testimonials from companies that are still with us today, and with the length of our partnerships with customers highlighting the service and collaborative spirit between us.

“With our software now deployed in over 30 countries and technology continues to progress at breakneck speed, computing and software’s primary role remains to improve our daily lives. As we continue to develop new technologies, and with AI already used for mainstream applications, it isn’t easy to imagine what the next 50 years of innovation will look like. But one thing’s for sure – our commitment to doing the best job for our customers will remain the same.”

Ian Taylor’s list below showcases how very different the world was when MultiFreight was founded back in 1973:

  • Ted Heath was the UK’s Conservative Prime Minister
  • Richard Nixon was the Republican President of the USA
  • The US withdrew from the Vietnam War
  • VAT was introduced in the UK
  • Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips
  • Slade released the hit Christmas single ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
  • The UK’s favourite horse – Red Rum – won the Grand National for the first time
  • Sunderland beat Leeds to win the FA Cup Final
  • Roger Moore starred in his first Bond film – Live and Let Die
  • Pizza Hut opened its first UK restaurant

 MultiFreight provide international freight management software solutions to companies of all sizes around the globe.

Get in touch to find out more: t: 01473 212421 e: info@multifreight.com