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British Nylon Spinners

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July 1948.
AUgust 1948.
June 1953.
December 1953.
July 1954.
October 1954.
February 1955.
1955 Pontypool.
January 1955.
25th March 1961.

of 72 Lockhurst Lane, Coventry, Warks, (now West Midlands); and of Pontypool, Bradford, Manchester and Glasgow. Telephone: Coventry 88011. Cables: "Nylon, Coventry". (1947)

1940 [1] Company established to sell and manufacture the new synthetic fibre Nylon. Became a private company. Jointly owned by ICI and Courtaulds[2]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert: BNS - What next in NYLON? Producers of Nylon Yarns now mainly reserved for "Apparel". Nylon Yarns will be available from 1948 to all trades and industries in increasing quantities on completion of a large factory in Monmouthshire.(Textiles Section - Earls Court, Ground Floor, Stand No. 157) [3]

1954 Purchased factory at Doncaster; additional capacity at Pontypool coming onstream[4]

1957 Plans announced for major expansion in production of nylon yarn at Doncaster[5]

1958 Opened a new spinning plant at Bayswater Victoria, Australia and initiated a series of promotions to heighten awareness and acceptance of the new fibre.

1959 Purchased the Brockworth, Gloucester factory then in use for making aero-engines[6]

1960 Nylon conveyor belting for mines. [7] Bri-Nylon registered trademark for textiles. Gloucester factory was entering production with Nylon 66, which was suited for industrial yarns including for tyres[8]

1961 Employed 8,000 persons. [9]

1962 ICI and Courtaulds worked together on an approach to restructuring the textile industry

1964 The 2 companies went their separate ways: ICI acquired Courtaulds' share in British Nylon Spinners; Courtaulds carried on with another nylon range. [10]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Powerhouse Museum
  2. The Times, Jan 03, 1940
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 451; and p43
  4. The Times, Oct 06, 1953
  5. The Times Jul 30, 1957
  6. The Times, Jan 23, 1959
  7. Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p17
  8. The Times, May 19, 1960
  9. 1961 Guide to Key British Enterprises: Motor, Motor-Cycle and Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers