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Mardon, Son and Hall

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of Bristol, makers of cigarette cards and suppliers to W. D. and H. O. Wills

1846 James Mardon took over a small printing business

1860 Company changes its name to Mardon, Son and Hall

1888 Started supplying W. D. and H. O. Wills

1902 Became part of Imperial Tobacco Co

1930s Employing 5,000 people in 11 factories

1955 Last set of cigarette cards produced

1956 Supplied the parent company with a large proportion of its requirements for St. Anne's board[1]

1962 Mardon International was set up as a jointly-owned packaging company between Imperial Tobacco Co and British American Tobacco; it was formed from 2 Imperial subsidiaries[2]

1967 Mardon International had expanded to owning c.12 companies ranging from colour printing to packaging, plastics and tin containers. Acquired the Runprint subsidiary of British Printing Corporation. Runprint made packaging and cartons

1969 Mardon International acquired 3 flexible packaging companies from Wiggins Teape[3]

c.1973 Mardon Packaging International acquired the profitable packaging operation of Peter Dixon and Son

1979 British American Tobacco took full control of Mardon Packaging International[4]

1985 BAT announced its intention to sell the company. Presumably acquired by St. Regis

1985 After the US parent of St Regis was taken over, most of the UK operations were sold to management - this included Tillotsons, Reed and Smith, and the corrugated packaging part of Mardon Packaging[5]

By 1987 Mardon Packaging International was Lawdon Mardon of Canada[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar. 19, 1958
  2. The Times, May 23, 1967
  3. The Times Apr. 2, 1969
  4. The Times Apr. 3, 1985
  5. The Times , May 16, 1985
  6. The Times July 28, 1987
  • Made in Bristol by David Bolton. 2011. ISBN 978 1 904537 91 5