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Industrial conglomerate, specialising in low technology industries.
1981 Suter Electrical was negotiating with Leyland Vehicles for the purchase of Prestcold which BL had been trying to sell for 2 years. Abell resigned from BL to devote his time to his interests in Suter. The purchase was completed after Suter raised money through a rights issue. Business reorganised into 4 autonomous unit.
1984 Suter sold Prestcold's SHUD division and 2 distribution subsidiaries to Copeland Corp of USA, which had acquired an option to buy 10% of Suter Electrical; Suter gained distribution rights to Copeland equipment.
1993 Acquired James Wilkes. Suter set out to drive down costs even further in its subsidiary Easterbrook, Allcard and Co, seeking a leaner operation and installing central controls, investing some £2 million in 1994 on more CNC equipment.
1995 Suter plc was acquired by Ascot Holdings.