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of Britannic Works, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2. Factories also at Dunston and Blaydon.
also of London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Sydney, Toronto, Calcutta, Trinidad, Cape Town and New York.
1898 Company established as J. Dampney and Co
Later acquired other paint companies J. and W. Wilson Ltd of Liverpool, North British Plastics Ltd of Blaydon-on-Tyne, Joseph Hill and Son Ltd of North Shields, Charles Credland Ltd of Sheffield, as well as establishing subsidiaries in India and Australia and South Africa.
1945 Public company - dealing in shares began
1955 New block of research laboratory opened
1957 Was the last of the major manufacturers to advertise nationally; featured Luxol a one-coat enamel paint; also Panax melamine sheet
1964 New research laboratories opened; elastomers business expanding into new areas
1965 Again offered to buy Wailes Dove, in conjunction with National Coal Board in a new venture Coalpaint, but failed to gain sufficient acceptances from shareholders. Coalpaint retained the shares in Wailes Dove that it had acquired.
1965 Take-over bid by Celanese Corporation of America.