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De La Rue Plastics

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De La Rue Plastics of Avenue Works, Walthamstow Avenue, London, E4. Telephone: Larkswood 2323. Cables: "Delaplas, Ching, London". (1947)

Subsidiary of Thomas De La Rue and Co

1937 Major growth in De La Rue's business led to large investments in their Walthamstow Avenue Works - 1,000 to 1,500 ton presses moulding novolak phenolic resins; the number of hydraulic compression presses grew to seventy. Phenolic cloth laminate Delaron sheeting was produced for electrical and mechanical use. In collaboration with the General Post Office, De La Rue Plastics Ltd produced components and coloured telephone housings over many years. Moulded phenolic radio cabinets were also major production items.

1947 De La Rue Plastics - British Industries Fair Advert. Manufacturers of Mouldings by the compression and injection processes from all proved types of Plastic Moulding Materials. Makers of "Telenduron" Bitumen Asbestos Compound. (Plastics Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 819) [1]

Post WWII: In order "not to dissipate the efforts of the directorate" by managing 2 separate plastics companies, the moulding interests of Thomas De La Rue and Co were sold to National Plastics. [2].

1947 National Plastics was formed as a company to acquire and amalgamate the interests of De La Rue Plastics Ltd and Moulded Products Ltd[3].

1947 Company changed name to British Moulded Plastics Ltd[4].

1954 British Moulded Plastics produced a battery case using Bakelite resin for the Bristol Aeroplane Co: Britannia to house Varley Dry Accumulators Ltd[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 386; and p80
  2. The Times, 10 February 1947
  3. The Times, 9 January 1947
  4. The Times, 9 April 1947
  5. The Times Dec 21, 1954