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1972 Australian subsidiary, Drysys Equipment, gained a contract for a paint shop for Todd Motor Industries of Wellington, New Zealand
By 1975 was organised in divisions:
1976 Formation of venture with Rockall Scotia Resources Ltd, Haden Rockall Maintenance, to which would offer services to the North Sea oil industry
1978 Problems with Middle East contracts, where Haden was a subcontractor, pulled the results down; as well as building services engineering, the group was also involved in metal finishing, especially for the motor industry
1981 Haden Carrier was renamed Haden
1982 Name changed to Haden plc
1985 Trafalgar House bid to acquire the group; the management proposed a "white knight" deal in the form of a management buy-out of the company at considerably higher price and won The name of the company was changed to Haden Group plc.
1985 Re-registered as a private company
1985 UK subsidiaries included:
plus 17 overseas subsidiaries
1986 BICC acquired the Building Services division; as a result this would allow Haden Group to return to the stock market later. Haden would be about half the previous size, concentrating on paint shops for car manufacturers, mainly in USA
1986 Haden Ltd was renamed Haden Building Services Ltd
1987 Haden Group, industrial paints company, and Haleworth Holdings, both private companies, were acquired in a reverse take-over by P. and W. MacLellan, a small agricultural parts supplier which had been taken over by entrepreneur Philip Ling, who had been MD of Haden at the time of the management buyout. The new group would be known as Haden MacLellan Holdings.