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United Asbestos Co

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January 1888.
December 1889.
December 1889.
December 1907.
July 1908.

United Asbestos Company, of Dock House, Billiter Street, London EC

1880 The company was registered on 1 November, to take over the businesses of the Italo-English Pure Asbestos Co, Furse Brothers and Co of Rome, and the Patent Asbestos Manufacture Co. [1]

After the formation of the company, John Bell acquired samples of crysotile asbestos from Canada; he then sought advice from a Lancashire cotton spinner and weaver, Samuel Turner, who entered an agreement to supply woven asbestos to John Bell[2].

1891 Directory entry and advert. [3]

1899 The Salamander Decorations business was acquired by the Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd

1903 Company awarded The Admiralty contract for asbestos, marking the seventeenth year in succession in which it's been awarded contracts by the Lords of the Admiralty.[4]

1905 Advert for Calliope packings. [5]

1909 Merger between Bell's Asbestos Co and United Asbestos Co to form Bell’s United Asbestos Co.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Times 7 December 1928
  3. Directory 1891 Worrall's Cotton Spinners
  4. The Engineer 1903/01/30 p 130.
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1905. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p