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Manufacturer of tin boxes and steel drums, of 140 Trundley's Road, Deptford, London, SE
1869 Company founded.
1914 Manufacturers of metallic casks and tin boxes; tinplate printers; hollow ware stampers; sheet metal workers. Specialities: iron drums and kegs for oils, chemicals etc., steel barrels, fancy tins, advertising tablets and trays, stamped retinned hollow ware, tuns and cans for paints, varnishes, enamels etc. Employees 700. 
1956 Private company.
1961 Manufacturers of steel drums and tin boxes (plain and decorated) 600 employees. 
1968 Name changed to Francis Industries, reflecting the wide range of interests of the company
1969 Losses due to major investment for expansion at subsidiary Keighley Lifts
1969 The companies in the group were:
1970 Sold R. D. M. Closures
1971 Major loss declared due to incorrect accounts at United Lift and Escalator Co
1972 Sold Escalators Ltd of Keighley
1977 Sold United Lifts which left 5 subsidiaries