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Manchester Oil Refinery

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of Trafford Park, Manchester

1936 Manchester Oil Refinery Ltd, (M.O.R.) was founded as a private company by Dr Georg Tugendhat and Dr Franz Kind[1]. The company began constructing a petroleum refinery to make lubricating and transformer oils[2]

1938 The refinery started operations

WWII The refinery was shut down in 1941 due to restrictions imposed by Government but soon reopened when it was shown to be advantageous to refine the products locally rather than rely on importing them.

1948 Acquired an interest in a Belgian refinery which was then increased over later years

1949 Public company incorporated; the wholly-owned subsidiaries were:

Two-thirds owned subsidiaries were:

1955 Had established a new subsidiary Trafford Chemical Developments Ltd and acquired the remaining shares in Petroleum Inventions Ltd[3]

1957 Acquired Marine and Industrial Lubricants from Lambert Brothers; also invested in chemical distribution companies[4]

1960 Acquired by Lobitos Oilfields Ltd which already had some refining interests[5]

By 1963 was owned by Burmah Oil Co[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 07, 1973
  2. The Times, Feb 28, 1949
  3. The Times, Apr 26, 1955
  4. The Times Apr 24, 1957
  5. The Times Jun 09, 1960
  6. The Times, May 16, 1963