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1968 Frank Hawtin was chairman of Dental Manufacturing Co. The dental division was sold to A. D. International. Name changed to Hawtin Industries [1]

1968 Acquired Park Brothers, of Blackburn, auto electrical engineers[2]

1969 The main activities were manufacturing of agricultural machinery and automotive products[3]

1970 Sold the silencer business, Cheswick and Wright, the largest outside the USA, to Tube Investments[4]. Sold Richard Sizer to Tremletts. As part of a move towards merchant banking activities, acquired Metropole Enterprises (Blackpool) [5]. The main divisions were Engineering, and Building and Construction. Acquired Cussins (Contractors), house builders and general contractors[6]. Partial takeover of Rawlings Brothers, building and electrical contractors[7]. Acquired a majority interest in Joylock Ltd, property developer of South Wales[8]

Name changed to Hawtin.

1973 Sold Standen and Sons to Tremletts[9].

1974 Stock Market quotation suspended when Gulf and Western proposed to take-over the banking and hire-purchase activities[10]

1977 Applied for resumption of Stock Market listing; business was in industrial gloves and serving DIY and home improvement trades.

1990 Hawtin, the Cardiff distribution and property developer, went into a loss[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 06, 1968
  2. The Times, Oct 05, 1968
  3. The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 27, 1969
  4. The Times, Jan 29, 1970
  5. The Times, May 20, 1970
  6. The Times, Aug 15, 1970
  7. The Times, Sep 17, 1970
  8. The Times, Sep 18, 1970
  9. The Times, Jan 27, 1973
  10. The Times, Jul 27, 1977
  11. The Times, January 10, 1990