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Border Chemicals

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Border Chemicals, maker of chemicals, of Grangemouth, Scotland

A joint venture of ICI, BP and Distillers Co

1963 Company established to manufacture acrylontrile at Grangemouth from ammonia made by ICI and propylene made by British Hydrocarbon Chemicals Ltd, a joint venture of BP and Distillers Co[1]. The process had been developed by Distillers Co and Ugine[2].

1964 Announced project to make acrylates in the UK; the first such plant[3]. Eventually announced would be built at Wilton, coming into operation in 1967[4].

1966 A second acrlyonitrile plant would be built at Grangemouth[5], but plans were shelved in 1968.

1967 BP acquired Distillers Co's share in the company[6].

1978 BP acquired ICI's share of the company[7], becoming part of BP Chemicals.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 15 May 1963
  2. The Times, 21 August 1964
  3. The Times, 29 May 1964
  4. The Times, 29 June 1965
  5. The Times, 16 August 1966
  6. The Times, 27 July 1967
  7. The Times, 22 July 1978