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RMC Group

From Graces Guide

Manufacturer and supplier of concrete in ready mixed form, of Feltham

1930 Ready Mixed Concrete company incorporated

1931 Started trading from a plant in Bedfont, Middlesex[1]

1952 A second plant, in Poplar, was brought into operation. All of the shares in the company were acquired by Ready Mixed Concrete (of Australia)

1955 Opened first plant outside the UK in Dusseldorf, Germany

Rapid expansion so that by 1962 the company owned or had access to more than 60 plants in the UK. Developed specialised equipment including hydraulic drives for the mixer trucks. Introduced the owner-driver system for delivery operations.

1962 Name changed to Ready Mixed Concrete (UK) Ltd

1962 Public offer of shares

1963 All of the shares held by Ready Mixed Concrete (of Australia) were placed in the market; the Australian group then had no interest in Ready Mixed Concrete (UK) Ltd[2]

1964 Had 120 plants in UK[3]

1968 Acquired the Hall and Ham River aggregates company

1968 Various subsidiaries were renamed as Hall Aggregates (....) Ltd, thus Blackwater Gravel Co Ltd became Hall Aggregates (Eastern Counties) Ltd and Twickenham Gravel Co Ltd became Hall Aggregates (South East) Ltd and The Ham River Grit Co Ltd became Hall Aggregates (Thames Valley) Ltd[4]; there was also Hall Aggregates (South Coast) Ltd.

1969 The initials RMC appeared in a corporate advert[5]

1979 Ready Mixed Concrete (Transite) Ltd was renamed Rombus Materials

1982 the name became RMC Group[6]

1988 Acquired Thomas W. Ward (Roadstone) from RTZ[7]

1989 Ready Mixed Concrete (Thames Valley) Ltd was one of 4 ready-mixed concrete companies (and 5 individuals) charged with contempt by the Office for Fair Trading[8]

2005 Acquired by Cemex UK Ltd

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 11, 1962
  2. The Times, Nov 01, 1963
  3. The Times, Aug 13, 1964
  4. Companies house filings
  5. The Times, Apr 30, 1969
  6. The Times, Apr 22, 1982
  7. The Times June 29, 1988
  8. The Times Feb. 28, 1989