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of Ledson Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, maker of injection moulded plastic products

Business founded by Maurice Robin, making children's pencil boxes

1964 Exported implosion guards for televisions to Hungary[1]. Also made plastic parts for the Rover 2000.

1965 Development of large components, such as glass-reinforced plastic bodies for cars, was foreseen by Rolinx[2]

1965 ICI took a substantial minority stake[3]. Rolinx entered a 3-year "know-how" agreement with S. Smith and Sons (England), who wanted to incorporate plastic injection moulding in their Witney plant; Rolinx would provide mould design and advice on economic operation[4]

c.1972 Reed International expanded into the motor-industry with Rolinx, making the first reinforced plastic bumpers for cars[5]

1984 Reed Building Products Division acquired Rolinx[6]

Part of Caradon Plastics

1987 The factory at Banbury made injection-moulded plastic bumpers for the motor industry, being sole supplier for various Rover models. The Manchester factory made moulded plastic components for a range of customers including Ford, Servis, Hotpoint and Flymo[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jul 29, 1964
  2. The Times, Mar 17, 1965
  3. The Times, Apr 14, 1965
  4. The Times, Jun 17, 1965
  5. The Times, December 12, 2008
  6. The Times, Jun 06, 1984
  7. The Times June 22, 1987