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Holding company, of Tonbridge (1961)
of St James, London
1946 Incorporated as a private company, presumably Spark Alloys
1946 Public company
1957 Spark Alloys, manufacturers of cerium alloys and lighter flints, changed its name to Spark Holdings; acquired Swedish Turnery and Plywood Co
1960 Major expansion began, acquiring companies with good names but in poor condition - Hall and Kay, T. R. Creffield and Son, G. Hastings and Co, Hawke Cable Glands, J. T. Price and Co (brass and aluminium founders) and Ductwork. Hall and Kay was later known as Kempergate (Ashton) Ltd, maker of heating and ventilation systems
1962 Acquired Blackstock Engineering Co of Enfield, a public company, doubling the group's precision engineering interests, and Printing and Allied Holdings, which controlled James Upton, of Birmingham, and Surrey Fine Arts
1970 The engineering activities continued to dominate the results of the company, producing 70 percent of overall profits
1973 The group consisted of 2 divisions
Consumer Goods included:
1974 The company acquired the plastic profile and sheet extrusion business at Stroud of BP Chemicals, which would be renamed Stroud Extrusions. Sold Hawke Cable Glands to McKechnie Metals but several of the main subsidiaries were making losses.
1976 The company was compulsorily wound up