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British Plaster Board

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June 1949.
August 1949.
November 1957. Blue Hawk products.
June 1958.
March 1960. Blue Hawk products.

1917 Production of gypsum plasterboard, which started in USA, was introduced to UK in 1917 when British Plaster Board Ltd was formed as a private company with a capital of £20,000. A plant was erected at Wallasey.

1930s The speculative house building boom led to a considerable growth of demand for plasterboard, particularly for ceiling construction.

1932 British Plaster Board became a public company

1944 British Plaster Board acquired Gyproc Products from Distillers Co in exchange for shares in the company[1].

1954 The company changed its name to British Plaster Board (Holdings) Ltd and its manufacturing activities were taken over by a new subsidiary, British Plaster Board (Manufacturing) Ltd.

1964 Production activities were taken over by a newly formed subsidiary, British Gypsum

1965 the name of the parent company was changed to BPB Industries

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 July 1944
  • Competition Commission report [1]