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British Enkalon

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Maker of Nylon yarn

1956 British Nylon Spinners licensed British Enka and British Celanese to make Nylon 6[1]. British Enka exploited this in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and USA.

1960 Announced plans for joint venture with Algemene Kuntszijde Unie N.V. (A.K.U.) to establish a UK factory to make nylon yarn and nylon textiles

1960 British Enkalon was formed to produce nylon yarns and plastic materials in Northern Ireland[2]

1961 Public company floated - British Enkalon; 55 percent of the equity was taken up by the Dutch parent, A.K.U.[3]; the other shares were offered to holders of British Enka stock.

1963 New Nylon 6 plant opened in Co. Antrim

1980 Cash injection from Dutch parent Akzo[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 08, 1960
  2. The Times, Nov 23, 1961
  3. The Times, Sep 23, 1963
  4. The Times, May 29, 1980