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Crown Paints

From Graces Guide
1983.

Wallpaper and paint manufacturer, of Darwen, Lancashire; production at Darwen and Kingston-upon-Hull.

1777 The earliest company in the group was founded

Involved the Greenway and Potter families at an early date

Early 1900s Wall Paper Manufacturers (WPM) began making paint

1915 the Walpamur Co was established to handle WPM's paint business

1965 WPM was acquired by Albert E. Reed and Co

c.1966 Reeds changed the name of all of its paint brands to Crown Paints[1]

1971 Crown Paints and Crown Wallpapers were brought under the same management as part of Reed International[2]

1975 the Walpamur Co was renamed Crown Decorative Products Ltd

1987 Reed decided to concentrate on publishing, paper and packaging and sold major parts of its DIY division, Crown Decorative Products and Polycell, to Williams Holdings[3].

1987 Berger, Jenson and Nicholson was acquired by Williams Holdings[4] to become part of Crown Decorative Products

1988 Crown Decorative Products Ltd was renamed Crown Berger International and then Crown Berger Europe

1990 Renamed Crown Berger Ltd

1990 Nobel Industries Sweden bought Crown Berger from Williams[5]

2007 When Akzo Nobel acquired ICI, the European Commission required sale of 3 UK paint plants in Lancashire, Cheshire and Hull[6]. Presumably these became the modern Crown Paints.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 05, 1968
  2. The Times, Jun 29, 1971
  3. The Times, June 16, 1987
  4. The Times, December 08, 1987
  5. The Times, May 03, 1990
  6. The Times, November 27, 2007
  • Crown Paints [1]