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British Industrial Solvents

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British Industrial Solvents, manufacturers of the Bisol range of chemicals and industrial solvents, Cavendish Sq, London; manufacturing plant at Hull

1929 Company founded by Distillers Co and a group of Continental investors[1] to enable large scale production of acetone, acetic acid and butyl alcohol from industrial alcohol[2].

WWII The holdings of the foreign interests were acquired by the Custodian of Enemy Property

1947 Investment by Distillers in the works at Salt End, Hull to increase production of solvents, plasticisers, acetic acid, etc[3].

1955 New plant to make vinyl acetate would be built at Salt End, Hull; it would be owned by a new company Hedon Chemicals Ltd jointly owned by Distillers Co and Shawinigan Chemicals of Montreal. Sales would be handled by Shawinigan and British Industrial Solvents[4].

After this the company was (presumably) treated just as one part of the Chemicals and Plastics Division of Distillers Co

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 2 July 1929
  2. The Times, 24 July 1945
  3. The Times, 12 April 1947
  4. The Times, 29 April 1955