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Motor accessory makers, of Dunstable

Previously Coventry Hood and Sidescreen Co[1], a public company

1973 T. M. Hearley was appointed deputy chairman and A. D. Matthewman managing director[2]

1975 The company was in profit[3]

1977 Acquired Beaver Group[4]. The company had 5 divisions[5]:

  • Hard trim - two-thirds of the business was serving BL[6]
  • Building products
  • Foam
  • Soft trim
  • Property

1977 Acquired Hygienic Paints

1978 Cementone subsidiary, making additives, improved profits; integration of S. A. Richardson, maker of wood preservatives[7]

1980 With Crouch Group formed CODEC (GRC)[8]

1981 With Pace Petroleum acquired Aston Martin Lagonda[9]. Acquired property developer Audmore Properties.

1983 Established a factory at Milton Keynes for Aston Martin Tickford to make Jaguar cabriolets, the Jaguar Capri, for BL[10]

1986 Acquired car components supplier, Valor Bruce, from Valor Co in exchange for shares[11]

1991 the company had heavy borrowings and, when it went into loss, receivers were appointed[12]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Nov 20, 1976
  2. The Times, Nov 08, 1973
  3. The Times, Apr 12, 1975
  4. The Times, Apr 22, 1977
  5. The Times (London, England), Monday, Aug 22, 1977
  6. The Times Jun 29, 1977
  7. The Times, Jul 14, 1978
  8. The Times, Jun 18, 1980
  9. The Times, Jan 06, 1981
  10. The Times Jun 15, 1984
  11. The Times, April 03, 1986
  12. The Times, April 05, 1991