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Reed Building Products Division

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1965 Reed Paper Group acquired Wall Paper Manufacturers[1] which became part of a newly formed Decorative Products Division together with Crown and later Polycell. It already owned L&P Plastics; the MD was M.K. Collins.[2]

1966 The main parts of the division were Key Terrain, L&P Plastics, Farmiloe Sealants, A. B. Plastics and Burn Brothers[3]

1971 Reed International acquired Twyfords and formed a new main division of the parent company called Reed Building Products Division. Key Terrain, Burn Brothers and James Ferguson were transferred into the division from Wall Paper Manufacturers[4]

c.1972 Expanded into the motor-industry with Rolinx, making the first reinforced plastic bumpers for cars[5]

1973 Acquired Cameron Irrigation of Littlehampton[6]; acquired Edward Curran Engineering[7]. Key Terrain developed Celuform.

1974 Acquired NVK Sphinx, maker of tiles

1975 Acquired Walker, Crosweller and Co[8]

1983 Acquired Elliott of Walsall and associated company British Optical Lens Co. The company names were changed to Elliott Moulders (Electronics) Ltd and The British Optical Lens Company (1983) Ltd respectively.

1984 Acquired Rolinx[9]

1985 Management buy-out, including the 14 subsidiaries, from Reed International. Name changed to Caradon

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 06, 1965
  2. The Times, Jun 10, 1965
  3. The Times, Jul 05, 1966
  4. The Times, Jul 04, 1972
  5. The Times, December 12, 2008
  6. The Times, May 23, 1973
  7. The Times, Jul 19, 1973
  8. The Times Jul 01, 1975
  9. The Times Jun 06, 1984
  • The Times, December 12, 2008