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Peter Dixon and Son

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of Spring Grove Paper Mills, Oughtibridge, Sheffield

of West Marsh Mills, Grimsby

1870 Company established.

1909 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Manufacturers of paper for newspaper printing. [1]

1926 - December. It was announced Peter Dixon and Son purchased water power rights with a capacity of 20,000 to 30,000 hP together with a large area of forest and farm lands, in Northern Finland to form a Finnish company for the purpose of converting the energy and material into pulp for their English mills. Messrs. Dixon stated that their first intention was to erect a pulp factory near their paper mill at Grimsby but inability to arrange favourable terms with the railway company.[2]

1960 Introduced Dixonpak, the first cast polythene film in Britain made on a commercial scale

1962 Acquired land at Louth, Lincs for a new plant making Dixonpak cast polythene film; would move the production of this material to Louth from the existing plant at Taplow[3]

1966 With Inveresk, Wiggins Teape, and Smith and Nephew, set up British Tissues through Associated Tissues, to provide a British source of tissues to compete with the American imports[4]

1966 The Group included separate divisions for Bronco toilet paper, and Duffin Containers[5]

1969 Claimed to be the 3rd largest manufacturer of newsprint in the UK; set up new vertical paper-making machine at its Grimsby mill[6]

1973 Packaging continued to be profitable but paper making was losing money[7]

1973 Peter Dixon and Son and Inveresk sold their shares in British Tissues to Finnish companies.

The company then sold off all its assets, turning itself into a "cash shell". First it closed the Grimsby mill, and sold its profitable packaging operation to Mardon Packaging International; then it sold its Finnish pulp operation to a Finnish company, and also sold its share in British Tissues.

1974 Acquired by Bowater Corporation[8]

See also


Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Engineer 1926/12/10
  3. The Times Mar. 26, 1962
  4. The Times June 11, 1980
  5. The Times Aug. 9, 1966
  6. The Times Oct. 3, 1969
  7. The Times Mar. 2, 1973
  8. The Times June 13, 1974