Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,535 pages of information and 233,960 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Bakelite Xylonite

From Graces Guide

(Redirected from Bakelite Xylonite Co)
Jump to: navigation, search

Bakelite Xylonite (BXL), of Manningtree, Essex

1961 Distillers Co bought the 50% of British Xylonite Co that it did not already own.

1963 British Xylonite Co and Bakelite became part of a new grouping called Bakelite Xylonite established jointly with Union Carbide, and including plants at Birmingham, Aycliffe and Grangemouth.

Several sales and mergers took place in the 1960s and 1970s

1973 Distillers Co sold its 50% stake to Union Carbide[1].

1973 The industrial chemicals operations at Brantham and the PVC production unit at Aycliffe were sold to British Industrial Plastics, a subsidiary of Turner and Newall[2].

1976 The decorative laminates business at Aycliffe was sold to Perstorp AB of Sweden[3].

1977 The Brantham site was in turn purchased by Storey Brothers and Co of Lancaster, formerly a major commercial rival.

1977 The Cascelloid Division was at Abbey Lane, Leicester, and Plenmeller Works, Haltwhistle and West Street, Stamford.

1978 BP bought the company from Union Carbide[4].

The Brantham site now operates as part of the Wardle Storeys, manufacturing limited quantities of xylonite using traditional processes and equipment until the 1980s.

1982 The Cascelloid Division continued at West Street, Stamford

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 25 May 1973
  2. The Times, 2 October 1973
  3. The Times, 1 September 1976
  4. The Times, 17 June 1978