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1969 The main activities were manufacturing of agricultural machinery and automotive products
1970 Sold the silencer business, Cheswick and Wright, the largest outside the USA, to Tube Investments. Sold Richard Sizer to Tremletts. As part of a move towards merchant banking activities, acquired Metropole Enterprises (Blackpool) . The main divisions were Engineering, and Building and Construction. Acquired Cussins (Contractors), house builders and general contractors. Partial takeover of Rawlings Brothers, building and electrical contractors. Acquired a majority interest in Joylock Ltd, property developer of South Wales
Name changed to Hawtin.
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