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of India

of 40 St Mary Axe, London (1960-88)

of St James House, 23 King Street, Westminster (after 1988)

1874 James Lyle Mackay joined the Calcutta-based merchant and agency firm of Mackinnon, Mackenzie and Co.

By 1890s Mackay had become a partner in the firm. He had also begun a personal investment portfolio, buying major shareholdings in Indian tea estates, textile firms and two river steamer companies.

1958 The various Inchcape holdings were rationalised; those that were retained were incorporated in a single publicly quoted company based in London - Inchape Group.

The group expanded very rapidly, both by the development of existing companies and their range of activities, and by the purchase of other groups.

1967 Acquired the Borneo Company Limited

1972 Acquired Dodwell and Company Limited

1973 Acquired Mann, Egerton and Co

1973 Established Labtest Hong Kong top support the Dodwell companies

1975 Acquired Anglo-Thai Corporation

1980 Acquired Assam Company Limited.

1981 Renamed Inchcape plc

1987 Formed a specific testing business stream, Inchcape Testing Services.

1996 MBO of Inchcape Testing Services.

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