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F. A. Hughes and Co

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April 1943
February 1947.
May/December 1947.
March 1948.
June 1948.

F. A. Hughes and Co of Abbey House, Baker Street, London, NW1. Telephone: Welbeck 2332. Cables: "Distancing, Norwest, London". (1947)

1868 Company founded.

1920 Converted to limited company, after which the company specialised in new products in the plastics and metallurgical fields[1].

1925 Patent - Improvements in or relating to cocks and valves. [2]

1930 Established a subsidiary the British Blue Spot Co to manufacture and market loudspeakers.

1937 Proprietors of Elektron metal and Hydronalium in Great Britain. "Hydronalium" Metal. [3]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1941 A shareholding of 48% was purchased by Distillers Co.

1940 Advert: Cellomold - the first and most consistent cellulose moulding powder[4].

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Cellulose Acetate and Phenol-Formaldehyde Moulding Powders. Synthetic Resins for laminating, impregnating, bonding, coating and paints and varnishes. Synthetic Resin Adhesives. Polyvinyl chloride Pastes, Calendering and Extrusion Compounds. Extruded sections. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 824) [5]

1945 Distillers Co acquired the remaining 52% shareholding[6]. Subsidiary and associated companies were Cellomold Ltd (thermosetting resins and other plastic) and Magnesium Elektron (magnesium alloys produced in Britain from indigenous materials).

1967 Distillers Co sold its chemicals and plastics business to BP because the division did not have the scale of its major competitors in USA[7].

1971 Gallahers acquired F. A. Hughes and Co from BP, to extend the business of its Mono Pumps subsidiary in dosing and proportioning pumps[8].

See Also

  • [2] The Plastiquarian

Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 24 July 1945
  2. [1] Wikipatents
  3. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  4. The Times, 14 February 1940
  5. 1947 British Industries Fair p141
  6. The Times, 24 July 1945
  7. The Times, 3 June 1967
  8. The Times, 2 January 1971