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1966 Agreement with Cerebos Ltd to merge their manufacturing and bulk vacuum salt interests which was incorporated in new private company British Salt Ltd, three-quarters owned by Staveley. A new salt works would be constructed in the Sandbach-Middlewich area.
1967 The group consisted of:
1970 The new chairman recognised that the company had expanded too fast in machine tools and the value of the businesses acquired was less than recognised in the books; further work was being done to identify how best to manage this division; acquired A. Anderson and Son, electrical engineers of Middlesbrough
1970 Faced with continued losses in machine tools, the Craven-Swift Division was closed; the shareholding in Warner, Swasey, Asquith was sold; British Salt was closing its Stafford works after a High Court decision
1973 George Salter and Co Ltd was bought by Staveley Industries, which also bought the Weigh-Tronix company of America, and other weighing businesses.
1975 After 5 years of the new management, profit was showing a substantial up-turn
1976 With continued good performance, the company was looking for acquisitions
1998 The weighing businesses de-merged to become the Weigh-Tronix Corporation.
2000 Guinness Peat Group bid for the remaining 70 percent of the company that it did not already own