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BSG International

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of Coventry Road, Birmingham[1], motor dealer

1972 Company incorporated. Name changed to B.S.G. Europe Ltd

1974 The name of Bristol Street Group, the holding company of Bristol Street Motors, was changed to BSG International because only 30 percent of the group's business was in the motor trade; the group was Europe's largest seat belt manufacturer, through Britax, a producers of caravan lighting, supplier of the North Sea oil industry, maker of nuts and bolts and metal gantries, and a metal finishing specialist[2]

1978 Acquired Weathershields of Birmingham[3]

1978 Operated as 3 divisions - motor vehicle retail, motor vehicle component manufacture, and industrial fastener manufacturer and supplier and producer of bright drawn steel[4] Acquired Vega Austo Holdings, of Droitwich and Worcester, maker of vehicle lighting equipment, which would be complementary to the Britaz lighting business[5]

1979 B.S.G. Europe Ltd was renamed B.S.G. Overseas Ltd, which was a direct subsidiary of B.S.G. International.

1982 Motor industry and aircraft seating and galley manufacturer[6]

1986 Acquired Restmor, maker of prams[7]

1988 Sold the Britax car seat belt business to Electrolux[8]

1994 Acquired Jessups, motor dealers; the group would trade as Bristol Street Motors for car dealing and as Britax International for motor accessories[9]

1997 Name changed to B.S.G. International Ltd

1997 The company changed its name to Britax International plc, the car parts manufacturer, after disposing of its Bristol Street car dealerships in a management buyout[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, June 16, 1976
  2. The Times June 18, 1974
  3. The Times Feb. 9, 1978
  4. The Times June 16, 1978
  5. The Times July 6, 1978
  6. The Times Apr. 30, 1982
  7. The Times Dec. 9, 1986
  8. The Times Mar. 30, 1988
  9. The Times, May 27, 1994
  10. The Times, Mar. 19, 1997
  • Companies House filings