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Chloride Group

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c.1973 After several years use of the term Chloride Group, the name of the holding company, Chloride Electrical Storage Co, was formally changed to Chloride Group plc[1]. The subsidiary involved in making batteries was Chloride Industrial Batteries

1981 Chloride and Lucas formed a joint venture reinforced with substantial government funds. The company was called Lucas Chloride EV Systems.[2]

1988 Closed 4 plants and concentrated the work at a single site in Peterborough[3]

1989 Sold its European motive power operations and the Exide Europe automotive battery business[4]

1991 Sold the industrial battery division to Hawker Siddeley[5]

1992 Uninterruptible Power Supplies were becoming an important part of the business[6]

1994 Acquired Advanced Design Electronics, which was involved in security systems[7]

1995 In the middle of a transformation of the business from batteries to electronics[8]

1999 The Power Protection Division sold uninterruptible power supplies and power conditioning systems[9]

2000 The Safety Systems Division provided emergency lighting, fire detection and security products[10]. Acquired SAED of France, renaming it Chloride Telecom Systems, providing dc power protection for telecoms companies[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 25, 1973
  2. The Engineer 1981/02/26
  3. The Times May 21, 1988
  4. The Times, May 24, 1989
  5. The Times March 16, 1991
  6. The Times June 18, 1992
  7. The Times June 26, 1996
  8. The Times, June 21, 1995
  9. The Times, June 10, 1999
  10. The Times, June 29, 2000
  11. The Times, October 27, 2000