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of Slough, Bucks.

1915 In response to an Australian government initiative to develop an alternative to Aspirin[1] (produced by Bayer but not patented in Australia), Melbourne pharmacist George Nicholas and an industrial experimenter, Henry Woolf Smith, produced Aspro [2].

Initially the tablet was called Nicholas Aspirin; later the product name was changed to Aspro formed from the last two letters of the name 'Nicholas', and the first three of the word 'Product'.

Improvements were made in tablet manufacturing, especially using the Sanitape packaging press, invented to disperse seeds for farmers, and in marketing, and in the drying of the starch ingredient which allowed the tablets to break up more easily when swallowed.

1918 Nicholas Proprietary Limited was established[3].

1921 The name of the firm was changed from G. R. Nicholas and Co to Nicholas Proprietary Limited[4].

1927 Aspro Ltd was formed in the UK to produce and market Aspro tablets in Europe.

1935 Aspro was incorporated as a public company[5] to acquire the Aspro part of the business of A. and G. Nicholas Ltd (formerly Aspro Ltd)[6].

1953 Wholly-owned subsidiary Nicholas Products Laboratories Ltd acquired Advance Industries Ltd makers of Dispelair freshener and Dip starch[7].

1950s Nicholas Research Institute formed as the research arm of Nicholas Laboratories and British Schering Ltd[8].

1956 Reorganisation of the company's diverse activities under one company which would be called Aspro-Nicholas. New factory built at Slough[9].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Wednesday, Sep 21, 1960
  2. 100 years of Australian Biotechnology Innovation [1]
  3. The Times, 28 May 1935
  4. 100 years of Australian Biotechnology Innovation [2]
  5. The Times, 26 July 1960
  6. The Times, 28 May 1935
  7. The Times, 12 December 1953
  8. The Times, 2 September 1963
  9. The Times, 21 January 1956