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Blagden Industries

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1862 Founded by W, Blagden as a chemical merchant. Blagden had been involved in early refining of crude petroleum and coal tar distillations as a partner in Carless, Blagden and Co.

Victor Blagden would grow the company substantially. He was also instrumental in setting up the British Chemical and Dyestuff Traders Association, later known as the British Chemical Distributors and Traders Association and now the Chemical Business Association. The company would produce three further chairmen of that organisation: Cecil Blagden, Robbie Buckland and Ron Sparrow.

1920s Started reconditioning steel drums and would later become a leader in their manufacture - Victor Blagden and Co

1960s Acquired Rex Campbell & Co and began manufacturing and distributing formaldehyde.[1]

1963 Name changed to Blagden Industries plc, quoted on the London Stock Exchange

Developed across five autonomous business areas:

  • packaging
  • manufactured chemicals
  • chemical trading
  • plastics
  • protective equipment.



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