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Car and commercial vehicle manufacturers.
The merger combined most of the remaining independent British car manufacturing companies and included car, bus and truck manufacturers and more diverse enterprises including construction equipment, refrigerators, metal casting companies, road surface manufacturers; in all, nearly 100 different companies. The new corporation was arranged into seven divisions:
The company had an eleven-man board: Donald Stokes, Chairman; William Lyons, Jaguar; J. H. Plane, Overseas; G. H. Turnbull, Austin-Morris; J. N. R. Barber, Finance; R. J. Lucas, Austin-Morris; George Farmer, Rover; and non-execs L. G. Whyte, R. A. Stormonth-Darling and J. D. Slater.
At its peak, BLMC owned nearly 40 different manufacturing plants across the country. Even before the merger BMH had included theoretically competing marques which were in fact selling substantially similar "badge engineered" cars.
To this was added the competition from yet more, previously LMC marques. Rover competed with Jaguar at the expensive end of the market, and Triumph with its family cars and sports cars against Austin, Morris and MG. The result was a product range full of duplication.
1969 National Bus Co formed a joint venture with British Leyland (the 25% owner of Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co and Eastern Coach Works), by means of which British Leyland became a 50% owner of the NBC's manufacturing companies. The joint venture designed and built a new single-deck bus, the Leyland National. The first bus was delivered in 1972, and it remained in production until 1986. The National was also available to other bus operators.
1973 George Turnbull resigns as MD
1974 Works in Birmingham
1975 Became bankrupt and re-formed as British Leyland