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Maker of tins and metal drums, of Liverpool

  • 1869 Company founded.
  • 1909 Private company.
  • 1953 Company made public.
  • By 1960 Courtaulds had acquired Reads as part of its strategy to expand its experience in packaging[1].
  • 1961 Manufacturers of steel kegs, drums and boxes, including cans for processed beer and food. 1,700 employees. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 21 July 1960
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE