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Mini-conglomerate, of Glasgow; interests in packaging, wine, animal feedstuffs and engineering.

1960 Norcros launched a second associated public company, Scotcros, to handle Scottish businesses[1]

1961 Acquired Wilkie and Paul, makers of metal tins[2]

1962 Acquired Thomas Bishop, maker of commercial catering equipment and other engineering products[3]

1971 Acquired Unit Body Developments from RTZ Pillar and BPB Industries[4]

1972 Sold Bonnybridge Refractories to Hepworth Ceramic Holdings[5]

1972 Edward Bates and Sons bought the 30 percent interest in the company held by Norcros[6]

1972 Scotcros sold Thomas Hinshelwood and Co to Beaver Group[7]

1973 Acquired J. Deans and Co[8]. Sold Penman Garages of Dumfries to Dias and Co, Austin distibutors of Carlisle; and the 4 inns and business of Campbell Inns to Ushers Brewery[9]

1975 Sold 6 cash and carry depots to Booker McConnell[10]. Subsidiaries included Scotcros Food Ltd, J. Deans and Co, Scotcros Farm Supplies Ltd, Wilkie and Paul, Scotcros Engineering Ltd[11]

1976 Sold Thomas Bishop, marine equipment group to Fife Forge Co. Proceeds of recent sales invested in new plastic film calendering line for Wilkie and Paul[12].

1976 Acquired Metropolitan Canister Co, maker of metal food packaging[13] whose factory was at Dartford.

1978 Acquired 80 percent of the Remy Group of France[14]

1983 receivers appointed as a result of surprise loss[15]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 08, 1960
  2. The Times, Sep 11, 1961
  3. The Times, Feb 05, 1962
  4. The Times, Nov 02, 1971
  5. The Times, May 13, 1972
  6. The Times, Sep 09, 1972
  7. The Times, Dec 08, 1972
  8. The Times, May 15, 1973
  9. The Times, Nov 13, 1973
  10. The Times, Jun 11, 1975
  11. The Times, Jul 03, 1975
  12. The Times, Jul 27, 1976
  13. The Times, Nov 10, 1976
  14. The Times, Mar 07, 1978
  15. The Times, Nov 08, 1983