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1988 The name of Hepworth Ceramic Holdings was changed to Hepworth[1]. Divisions were[2]:

1990 Invested in the largest division, Building Products, to offer concrete pipes and manholes[3]

1990 Already owned Glow Worm Boilers; acquired Saunier Duval of France to make the group the largest gas boiler maker in Europe[4]

By 1994 was based in Sheffield[5]

1997 Continued decline in earnings; sold the refactories business[6]

2000 Sold Hepworth Minerals, supplier of industrial silica, to Watts Blake Bearne[7]

2000 Acquired by Vaillant of Germany[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, March 22, 1989
  2. The Times, July 27, 1988
  3. The Times, January 12, 1990
  4. The Times, March 23, 1990
  5. The Times, September 24, 1994
  6. The Times, October 01, 1997
  7. The Times, July 18, 2000
  8. The Times, January 08, 2001