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Dunlop GRG Division

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Oct 1966.

Note: This is a sub-section of Dunlop Rubber Co

The General Rubber Goods Division of Dunlop, of Manchester.

1925 Dunlop Rubber Co acquired Charles Macintosh and Co[1] as part of its strategy to broaden the business into general rubber goods trade

1933 the General Rubber Goods Division was one of the 4 divisions of Dunlop.

By 1966 was manufacturer of a wide range of rubber-based products for industry including printers' blankets and rubber-to-metal bonded components for industry; a new factory was built at Skelmersdale[2]

1966 Acquired USI Oil Seals and incorporated the plant and activities from Warrington in the new Skelmersdale factory (see advert)[3]

1967 In a joint venture with Dracone Developments, with funding from the National Research Development Corporation, Dunlop had produced the Dracone barge, a flexible towable vessel for transporting liquids by sea[4]

1968 Made the flexible skirts for the SR.N4 hovercraft[5]

1969 The Chemline Services unit had developed a novel anti-corrosion product[6]

1974 Major rise in sales achieved, including printers' blankets, solid tyres for fork lift trucks, low loaders and rotary plant, and marine safety equipment[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 16 December 1925
  2. The Times, June 5, 1970
  3. The Times, Aug. 31, 1966
  4. The Times 28 April 1967
  5. The Times Feb. 6, 1968
  6. The Times, Dec. 5, 1969
  7. The Times Nov. 5, 1974