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of Golden Green and Tower Works, Tonbridge, Kent. Telephone: Hadlow 233-4-5. Cables: "Crystalate, Hadlow". (1947)

1901 The company was founded to make billiard balls and other items as well as gramophone records, using a plastic formulation branded Crystalate, licensed from its American patent holder. The company claimed in advertisements to be the first to press disk records in the UK, and over time focused more on the music market, producing gramophone record production matrices for more than 20 other companies by 1906, though not operating a record label itself until the 1920s.

After merging with Sound Recording Co, Crystalate Manufacturing became, in 1920, the third company (and the second British one) to operate the Imperial label, and by the mid-1920s had four distribution depots in England and one each in Scotland and Ireland.

On 30 January 1928, the company re-incorporated in Golders Green, as Crystalate Gramophone Record Manufacturing Co and subsequently established affiliates in France and Germany, set up a new headquarters and studio, Crystalate House, in London

1929 Bought a one-third interest in the American Record Corporation conglomerate.

Crystalate Manufacturing's record production section was bought out by Decca Record Co for US$200,000, but it continued making non-recording products as Crystalate Ltd

1937 Moulding manufacturers. "Crystalate" Mouldings.

1938 Patent - Improvements in or relating to roller shutters and their manufacture. [1]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1947 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Moulded Plastic Components, accessories, Parts and Complete Articles in all Plastic Moulding Materials for every trade. Complete Organisation includes: Advice, Design, Tooling, Moulding, Finishing, Assembling and Packaging. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 825) [2]

1947 Patent Application - Improvements in or relating to thermoplastic synthetic resinous materials. [3]

1958 Crystalate Holdings formed.

1961 Manufacturers of plastic moulding, electrical insulating fittings and "Crystalate" composition articles of various kinds. 400 employees. [4]

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