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British Industrial History

Williams Holdings

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Industrial conglomerate

c.1981 Messrs McGowan and Rudd took control of the company[1].

1986 Acquired Spencer-Clark Metal Industries[2], J. and H. B. Jackson[3], Fairey Engineering makers of military bridges, from Pearson[4], and Duport, the largest of 5 acquisitions in the past 15 months[5]. Acquired London and Midland Industrials, a holding company[6].

1986 Williams sold 21 subsidiaries to Haleworth, a newly formed company[7]

1987 Acquired Crown Paints and Polycell divisions from Reed International[8]; later bought Berger, Jenson and Nicholson from Hoechst[9].

1988 Acquired L. F. Knight maker of wooden summerhouses, to complement its Amdega conservatory subsidiary.[10]; bid for Yale and Valor[11]; acquired Newage Transmissions[12]; acquired Smallbone Kitchens[13]. Sold 2 North American plastics subsidiaries[14]. Sold 5 subsidiaries to Haden MacLellan Holdings[15]

1990 Nobel Industries Sweden bought Crown Berger from Williams[16]

1991 Acquired Yale and Valor[17]

1993 Management buyout of the engineering division of Williams Holdings Plc; Newage Transmissions Ltd became part of Cortworth Plc in 1993.

2000 The group was broken up; Yale was sold to Assa Abloy of Sweden[18]; Chubb and Kidde were floated on the Stock Exchanged[19].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, August 28, 1986
  2. The Times, February 24, 1986
  3. The Times, April 12, 1986
  4. The Times, April 03, 1986
  5. The Times, May 13, 1986
  6. The Times, August 28, 1986
  7. The Times, November 26, 1986
  8. The Times, June 16, 1987
  9. The Times, December 08, 1987
  10. The Times June 16, 1988
  11. The Times July 18, 1988
  12. The Times August 09, 1988
  13. The Times, August 31, 1988
  14. The Times September 13, 1988
  15. The Times, December 02, 1988
  16. The Times, May 03, 1990
  17. The Times March 05, 1991
  18. The Times, May 09, 2000
  19. The Times, November 15, 2000