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of Sunderland, maker of a range of marine and industrial paints.

c.1907 Company incorporated[1] - presumably Alex. Cameron and Sons

1936 Notice concerning the estate of the late Mr. ALEXANDER CAMERON, Deceased, late of "Wodencroft," Linden Road, Gosforth, in the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Managing Director of Alex. Cameron & Sons Ltd., of Camrex House, Sunderland, Paint and Grease Manufacturers and General Merchants.[2]

1951 Products:

  • Camrex - Non oxidising paint.
  • Camerine - Deep tank paint.
  • Camlac - Marine enamel paint.
  • Cameron's - Ships bottom compositions.

1959 Death of Percy Blumer Cameron, chairman and managing director of Camrex Paints[3]

1966 Incorporation as public company Camrex (Holdings) Ltd, previously Alex Cameron and Sons[4]. Agreed to market specialised coatings developed by Rolls-Royce[5]

1978 The son and grandson of the founder were removed from their positions as directors of the company and new chairman and chief executive were appointed[6]

1980 As the climax to internal arguments, a former chairman tried to remove his successor.

1983 Hawley Group held 28.5 percent of the shares which it sold to Ruberoid Co which then acquired Camrex[7]

1985 Canadian Pacific brought a suit against Camrex over the treatment of 4 ships in 1979[8]. Ruberoid closed the British company but the subsidiary company in the Netherlands would continue to paint ships and might win contracts from British yards[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 30, 1968
  2. London Gazette 3 March 1936
  3. The Times Feb 03, 1959
  4. The Times, May 03, 1966
  5. The Times, May 09, 1966
  6. The Times, Oct 10, 1978
  7. The Times, Jun 08, 1983
  8. The Times, May 17, 1985
  9. The Times, Aug 15, 1985