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1945 Private company registered to undertake research into making substances of commercial and industrial value from coal, oil and other materials
1946 Acquired suitable premises at Battersea
Had developed a new carbon product which had great advantages in terms of manufacture and finished product; this was commercialised by Powell Duffryn Carbon Products under the name Delanium.
1947 Name changed to Powell Duffryn Research Laboratories Ltd; would work for all the companies in the Powell Duffryn organisation.
1950 All R&D work at Battersea was moved to Hayes