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W. E. Hughes and Co

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Tin plate and metal distributors, of Bishopsgate, London EC

c.1905 Business established by W. E. Hughes

1926 Name changed

1932 Subsidiary company formed: Burry Tinplate Box Co Ltd, to make cardboard tinplate containers, at works in Llanelly.

1942 Company incorporated as W E Hughes and Co Ltd

1944 Subsidiary company formed: Steel Furnishings Ltd, to make office and works furniture, in London and subsequently moved to Ferrybridge in 1946.

1946 Public company; issue of shares; acquired the whole of the share capital of Pollard Bearings Ltd

1948 Acquired Philidas Ltd, makers of self-locking nuts

1949 Subsidiary Whitehouse Industries was supplying cases for the Biro Ball Pointed pen; Philidas production had been moved to Ferrybridge[1]

1951 The company was refinanced with the help of ICFC; the name of the group was changed to Ferrybridge Industries[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 01, 1949
  2. The Times, 1951
  • The Times Aug 12, 1946