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BTR Industries

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BTR Industries

1933 The British Goodrich Rubber Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of the B.F. Goodrich Company, Akron, Ohio, acquired a controlling interest in India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co.

1934 The following year B.F. Goodrich Company sold most of its shares in the British company which at the same time changed its name to the British Tyre and Rubber Co.

1956 British Tyre and Rubber Co changed its name to BTR Industries Ltd following its decision to cease manufacturing rubber tyres.

1960 Thermoplastics and rubber manufacturers.

1961 Principal products of the group include: underground and surface conveyor belting, V-belts and transmission belting, anti-abrasion plant and pipe linings and coverings, plastic pipes and fittings, rubber-lined bearings, industrial and fire-fighting hose of all descriptions, aircraft flexible pipes, aircraft filters, industrial rubber footwear, sports and casual shoes.

1962 Acquired J. E. Baxter and Co of Leyland.

During the 1960s BTR underwent reorganisation.

1969 Merged with another Leyland company, Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Co.

1975 Permali, makers of Permali insulation, was acquired by BTR; it then operated as BTR Permali.

1977 Acquired Andre Silentbloc and Allied Polymer Group[1]

1977-82 BTR Silvertown Ltd. was at Horninglow Road, Burton-on-Trent.

1978 Acquired Worcester Controls - and Norbro Engineering.

1980 Acquired Vacu-Blast

1981 Acquired Serck.[2]

By 1982 BTR had acquired a large number of companies in the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Germany.

1982 Incorporated as a public limited company BTR plc

1983 BTR acquired Thomas Tilling in a contested take-over[3]

1985 BTR acquired Dunlop Aviation Division from Dunlop Rubber Co to form BTR Aerospace Group.

1985 BTR acquired Dunlop Polymer Engineering - name changed to Metalastik Vibration Control Systems.[4]

1987 Sold Serck Baker to Meggitt Holdings[5]

1992 Acquired Hawker Siddeley Group Plc; various parts were put into the BTR Electrical Power Group.

1994 Floated Graham Group, builders merchants and planned to sell the rest of Hawker Siddeley Canada.

1995 Acquired Formica; disposed of most of the medical equipment businesses[6]

1996 FKI acquired the Hawker Siddeley Electrical Power Group of BTR Plc[7]

1998 Sold the aerospace businesses to Doughty Hanson, including Dunlop Aviation, Dunlop Precision Seals and Standard Aero, which repaired engines, together with a business which made parts for turbofans. The businesses were named Dunlop Standard Aerospace Group[8]

1999 BTR merged with Siebe, becoming BTR Siebe. The name was later changed to Invensys.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 01, 1977
  2. The Engineer 1982/04/22
  3. The Times, Jun 09, 1983
  4. The Golden Anniversary of Metalastik (1937-1987)
  5. The Times, July 31, 1987
  6. The Times, July 07, 1995
  7. The Times, September 13, 1996
  8. The Times, August 01, 1998