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B. Laporte

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of Luton, Beds; and Bradford, Yorks (1922)

of Kingsway, Luton, Beds (1947)

1906 January. Plans. New offices and stores, Laporte Chemical Works, St Annes Road, Luton.

1907 Company incorporated

1918 November. Plans. New railway warehouse at the Laporte Chemical Works.

1918 Plans re proposed formic acid production plant on an existing site; including detailed illustration of an acid condenser and layout of new plant machinery. B. Laporte Chemical Works, Spencer Road.

1919 Plans and elevation for new peroxide building, Kingsway, Luton. [1]

1922 British Industries Fair Advert for Barium Peroxide, Sodium Sulphide, Blanc-Fixe (Pulp and Dry), Formic Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Perborate. (Stand No. A.21) [2]

1933 Subsidiary National Titanium Pigments opened a new titanium factory at Luton, the only one of its kind in the country[3]. Acquired control of Malehurst Barytes Co of Minsterley[4]

1941 Built a large sulphuric acid plant as well as adapting several others. Other subsidiaries included Associated Phosphate Manufacturers, Genoxide, William Burton and Sons (Bethnal Green)[5]

1946 Acquired John Nicholson and Sons, of Hunslet and Barnsley, maker of sulphuric acid[6]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for Industrial and Fine Chemicals: Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Perborate, Blanc Fixe, Barium Carbonate, Barium Sulphate, X-Ray, Barium Compounds, Barytes, Persulphates, Persalts, Sodium Sulphide, Sodium Acid Phosphates, Sulphonated Fatty Alcohols, Alkaline Cleaners, Iron Sulphate. (Chemicals etc. Section - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1027) [7]

1948 Conversion of old garage into new Genoxide plant. Corner of Frederick Street and Old Bedford Road, Luton. [8]

By 1949 Name changed to Laporte Chemicals[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] ** = National Archives: A2A
  2. 1922 British Industries Fair Advert cxxxvii; and p47
  3. The Times, May 11, 1933
  4. The Times May 18, 1933
  5. The Times, Jun 01, 1946
  6. The Times, Jun 01, 1946
  7. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 269; and p161
  8. [2] National Archives: A2A
  9. The Times, Jul 27, 1949