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December 1954.

Knitting machine manufacturer, of Kensington Church Street, London

1949 Company founded.

1950 Private company.

1956 The Chinese Engineering and Mining Co acquired Knitmaster[1]. The name of the holding company was changed to Knitmaster Holdings[2]

Knitmaster Holdings

1957 Public company

1957 Knitmaster Holdings acquired H. L. Reynolds of Leeds, steel stockholders and structural and sheet metal engineers which had been incorporated in 1943[3]

1959 The company acquired W. J. Harris and Co and the Mulberry Co; the name of Knitmaster Holdings was changed to Amalgamated Industrials Ltd[4].

1959 Acquired the Mulberry Company (D. H. and L. Pickard Ltd and Group Four Metals Ltd)[5]

1960 Acquired A. H. Bland, makers of heat sealing machinery[6] and H. Massil and Sons (Wolverhampton) [7]

1960 Company was moving into metals, metal processing, light machinery and engineering, attaining a leading position in each field of operation[8]

1961 Wholesalers and distributors of Knitmaster knitting machines. [9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 13, 1956
  2. The Times, Nov 17, 1956
  3. The Times, Oct 01, 1957
  4. The Times, 17 December 1959
  5. The Times, Nov 09, 1959
  6. The Times, Jan 19, 1960
  7. The Times, Jun 08, 1960
  8. The Times, Dec 15, 1960
  9. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE