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B. X. Plastics

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of Larkswood Works, Higham Station Avenue, Chingford, London, E4. Telephone: Larkswood 4491. Cables: "Xylonite, London"

1938 B. X. Plastics making xylonite and lactoid was part of the British Xylonite Co, which was a holding company with three subsidiaries.

1939 Distillers Co, being a supplier of raw materials for plastics and having conducted research in plastics, negotiated a 50% interest in B. X. Plastics[1].

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1947 British Industries Advert as Leaders in Thermo Plastics. Manufacturers of Thermoplastic Raw materials:- "Xylonite" (Celluloid), "Bexoid" (Celulose-Acetate), "Lactoid) (Casein), "Distrene" (Polystyrene), B.X. PVC (Polyvinyl-Chloride), "B.X. Ethyl-Cellulose", "Is-oflex" (Lightweight Thermal Insulation). (Plastics Section - Earls Court, First Floor, Stand No. 809) [2].

1954 Sales increased by 45percent; transfer of production from Dundee was completed; new works at Brantham was working 24 hours/day[3]

1961 Distillers Co bought the entire British Xylonite Co Group in 1961

1963 British Xylonite Co became part of a new grouping called Bakelite Xylonite Ltd established jointly with Union Carbide, and including plants at Birmingham, Aycliffe and Grangemouth.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 23 August 1939
  2. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 382; and p20
  3. The Times, May 10, 1955
  • [1] National Archives: British Xylonite