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Berec Group

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1947 Liquidation of the Berec Battery Co was underway[1]

From the 1950s the Berec trade name was used by the Ever Ready Co (Great Britain) for exports of batteries and radio sets (as British Ever Ready Export Company). Some Daimon batteries were branded BEREC as were some produced in Switzerland.[2]

1953 The business of the Berec Battery Export Company was reconstructed; the Company was wound up voluntarily; agreement was made with Berec (Europe) Limited and Berec {(Great Britain) Limited[3] (presumably for continuation of the businesses).

1978 Name change of Ever Ready Co (Great Britain) to The Berec Group.

1978 Sold C. M. Churchouse, maker of emergency lighting, to Crompton Parkinson[4]

1982 Acquired by Hanson Trust. Hanson closed factories, cut jobs and sold the German (Daimon) and Italian (Superpila) subsidiaries to Duracell.

1982 "After closing its Abingdon advanced research centre with the loss of 81 jobs, Berec announced that product support work at the Tottenham, London, technical centre which serves the whole group would be split among individual companies."[5]

Representatives of research and development staff at the Berec-Ever Ready consumer battery group demanded from their board directors, a statement on the future of the company's technical centre in North London.[6]

1992 Hanson sold Ever Ready to Ralston Purina which already owned the Ever Ready name in the USA[7]

1992 Berec International and Berec Components were still active companies

1996 Berec International was put into members voluntary liquidation[8]

Berec Components Ltd was subsequently renamed BCL (MVL) Ltd; it was a subsidiary of the Energizer UK Co[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 25 November 1947
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The London Gazette 2 June 1953
  4. The Times Oct. 6, 1978
  5. The Engineer 1982/03/11
  6. The Engineer 1982/03/25
  7. The Times Apr. 14, 1992
  8. The London Gazette 20 September 1996
  9. London Gazette 19 August 1999