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A holding company with interests in car and aircraft components, roadways equipment, aluminium fabrication and conveyor equipment, of Glasgow
1960 Acquired another metal finishing company: Irco Plating Co of Coventry. Closed the Greenock Foundry of Aluminium Castings Company. Acquired Airelite Venetian Blind Co to distribute the Luxaflex blinds in London
1962 After several years of losses, the Canadian subsidiary finally moved into profit
1964 Sold a 50 percent interest in the Canadian subsidiary to Bartaco Industries of Ontario; acquired 50 percent interest in Bartaco's British subsidiary Lincoln Furnaces of East Grinstead, half of which was sold to L. Sterne and Co, with which Solar had long had association; acquired a former subsidiary of Sterne's which was renamed Solair Thermal Equipment
1965 Acquired Cable Belt of Inverness which would be integrated with Solar Thomson Engineering which had spent 2 years developing a new concept of conveyor. J. B. Howie was part of the Agricultural, Municipal and Tanker Division. Lincoln Warm Air Equipment Ltd was one of the associated companies
1969 Acquired by Cammell, Laird and Co. The company had large orders for steel work for Rolls-Royce jet engines Formed a joint venture with Smith Holdings (Whitworth) called Smith-Solartex to take over the activities of Solartex of Burnley making evaporative and other driers and Tenterflex equipment
1970 After a financial crisis, the parent company was renamed as Laird Group; it also held 50 percent of the shipbuilding business (the government took on the other 50 percent), as well as the other activities of the former company.