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of Braintree

1965 Henry Hope and Sons merged with Crittall Manufacturing Co of Braintree, Essex, another firm which made metal windows, doors, and casements, to form Crittall-Hope Ltd. Braintree became the new company's headquarters and the Halford Works its Smethwick Division. The merger escaped reference to the Monopolies Commission because the proposals stemmed from before the Commission was established, even though the combine would have 40 percent of the UK market for metal-framed windows[1]

1967 the AGM was told the margin of 5 percent was too low for the type of business which only turned over its stock twice a year[2]. Acquired John Gibbs Ltd, window makers of Birmingham, and the minority interest held by John Thompsons in the subsidiary Doorframes Ltd; acquired Architectural Aluminium Ltd, part of the Pillar Group.

1968 Slater, Walker Securities acquired a large part of the shareholding of Crittall-Hope[3]. The two separate businesses were merged, which resulted in plant closures and redundancies, and the resulting business was expanded into aluminium windows and extrusions[4]

1970 Advertised Crittall-Hope Double Glazing[5]

1971 Slater Walker sold Crittall-Hope, the last of its industrial interests, to Butterley Engineering Industries, of which a majority was owned by Slater Walker[6]; the new group would be called Crittall-Hope Engineering.

1973 Acquired crane maker, Adamson Alliance, British subsidiary of Alliance Machine of USA, which complemented the existing subsidiary Butterley Engineering[7]; the two companies supplied 38 cranes to British Steel's Anchor Works at Scunthorpe[8]

1973 Investigating the potential for new Japanese technique for encapsulating steel in plastic[9]. Launched a computer bureau, Security Computing Services[10]

1974 Acquired by Norcros[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 13, 1965
  2. The Times, Sep 08, 1967
  3. The Times, Jun 19, 1968
  4. The Times, Jan 15, 1973
  5. The Times, Jan 17, 1970
  6. The Times, Oct 22, 1971
  7. The Times, Jan 24, 1973
  8. The Times (London, England), Monday, Feb 12, 1973
  9. The Times, Mar 26, 1973
  10. The Times, Mar 28, 1973
  11. The Times, Feb 13, 1974