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Haddon Group

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of Fitzroy Street, London

1814 A general printing business was formed by John Haddon (which became John Haddon and Co)

1938 Private company formed: Tungstone Products.

1953 Company made public and named changed.

1958 Public sale of shares in the company which had 2 parts[1]:

  • The advertising agency of John Haddon and the manufacture of metal plates for the printing trade carried on by Printing Plates Ltd
  • The battery manufacturing, engineering and woodworking businesses.

1961 Engaged as incorporated practitioners in advertising; manufacturers of metal plates for process and photo engraving; accumulator and battery manufacturers; nut manufacturers for the motor and engineering trades; general woodworkers; metal refiners and lead reclamation. 500 employees.

1965 Printers Plates had been sold. Subsidiary companies included Tungstone Products, Vislok Nuts and Bolts, as well as the recently acquired Haddon-Beardmore advertising agency[2]

1966 Acquired by London Merchant Securities[3]

1968 The management of the John Haddon advertising agency bought the company from London Merchant Securities[4]

By 1970 was part of Carlton Industries; Tungstone made the largest increase and contribution to Haddon Group's profits; Tungstone was one of 2 battery interests owned by Carlton; Haddon also had a subsidiary Samuel Marsden which was involved in nuts and bolts, as was Vislok[5]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 26, 1958
  2. The Times, Mar 25, 1965
  3. The Times , Aug 10, 1966
  4. The Times Apr 03, 1968
  5. The Times, Jul 27, 1970