Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Brent Chemicals International

From Graces Guide

of Iver, supplier of industrial chemicals and cleaning systems

1970 Three private investors put money into Brent Manufacturing Co and gained seats on the board[1]. As a result took control of the company which became Brent Chemicals International[2]

Served a variety of markets with specialised chemical products.

1973 Acquired Pyrene Chemical Services from Chubb

1974 Acquired 75 percent of Canadian associate Ardrox

1976 Acquired Savilles Hydrological[3]

1978 With 7 British operating companies and 14 overseas, the company needed to reorganise which it did into 4 product divisions[4]

1979 Acquired Tri-Kem, maker of chemicals for the metal finishing inddustry[5]

1980 First US acquisition

1982 Brent Chemicals International acquired Reddish Chemicals and Reddish Detergents[6]

1988 Acquired Robertsons Chemicals, printed circuit board chemicals supplier, which would be combined with existing subsidiary Chemlec[7]

1990 Sold Reddish Savilles, maker of cleaning products, to Laporte[8]

1990 Moved into printing inks with acquisition of Process Ink Holdings[9]

1993 Cookson Group acquired the electronic chemicals part of the business[10]

Name changed to Brent International

1998 Sold the image management business to Weir Holdings

1999 Sold the Swale Process inks and coatings business to US company Sun Chemical[11]

1999 Acquired by Chemetall GmbH[12]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times July 6, 1970
  2. The Times Aug. 23, 1976
  3. The Times Mar. 29, 1977
  4. The Times Jan. 26, 1978
  5. The Times Nov. 13, 1979
  6. The Times Mar. 24, 1982
  7. The Times Jan. 19, 1988
  8. The Times Mar. 22, 1990
  9. The Times Dec. 26, 1990
  10. The Times Sept. 1, 1993
  11. The Times Apr. 24, 1999
  12. 1999 Annual report