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1964 James Pain and Sons and Waeco, both members of the British Match Group were amalgamated as Pains-Wessex; the new company was based at Salisbury; production of Pain's fireworks was transferred from Mitcham[1]

By 1985 was owned by Allegheny International[2]

1986 Chemring acquired the company

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Aug 24, 1964
  2. The Times, Nov 27, 1985
  • See website: Pains Wessex (Marine Distress Signals) [1]