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1911 The Enka Artificial Silk Company of Holland was founded
1925 The British Enka Artificial Silk Co was registered by the Maekubee company of Holland which held all of the foriegn rights of the Enka company. A factory would be erected immediately in UK; the site of the National Aircraft Factory at Aintree was chosen.
1929 Formation of the General Rayon Union (otherwise A. K. U. or Algemene Kuntszijde Unie N.V.) by merger of the parent company with Vereinigte Glanzstoff-Werke
1936 The price of rayon was only 30 percent of that of 12 years previously
1939 The plant had been overhauled and production increased; the company was working profitably; the name was changed to British Enka Ltd
1952 Offered to acquire Breda-Visada Ltd (indirectly controlled by A.K.U.)
1959 Decided to produce cellulose wrapping film; equipment to be installed at Aintree
1960 British Enkalon and A.K.U. announced plans for joint venture to establish a UK factory to make nylon yarn and nylon textiles.
1965 The Aintree factory was re-developed for use by another Courtaulds subsidiary