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F. Francis and Sons

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Manufacturer of tin boxes and steel drums, of 140 Trundley's Road, Deptford, London, SE

1869 Company founded.

1914 Manufacturers of metallic casks and tin boxes; tinplate printers; hollow ware stampers; sheet metal workers. Specialities: iron drums and kegs for oils, chemicals etc., steel barrels, fancy tins, advertising tablets and trays, stamped retinned hollow ware, tuns and cans for paints, varnishes, enamels etc. Employees 700. [1]

1956 Private company.

1960 Acquired Lacrinoid Products[2]

1961 Manufacturers of steel drums and tin boxes (plain and decorated) 600 employees. [3]

1968 Name changed to Francis Industries[4], reflecting the wide range of interests of the company

1969 Losses due to major investment for expansion at subsidiary Keighley Lifts[5]

1969 The companies in the group were[6]:

  • United Lift and Escalator Co Ltd (with subsidiaries Keighley Lifts Ltd, Escalators Ltd, Glasgow Lifts Ltd, Irish Lifts Ltd, John McLean and Sons (Lifts) Ltd)
  • F. Francis and Sons Ltd (tins and drums)
  • Sagar-Richards Ltd (die castings)
  • Lacrinoid Products Ltd (plastics)
  • N. W. Hempsall Ltd (eggs, poultry, fertilizers)
  • Hartley and Sugden Ltd (boilers)
  • R. D. M. Closures Ltd (stoppers)
  • Containers and Closures Ltd

1970 Sold R. D. M. Closures[7]

1971 Major loss declared due to incorrect accounts at United Lift and Escalator Co[8]

1972 Sold Escalators Ltd of Keighley[9]

1973 Sold Hartley and Sugden to Midland Aluminium[10]; sold N. W. Hempsall[11]. Acquired Clear Hooters[12]

1977 Sold United Lifts which left 5 subsidiaries[13]

1981 Acquired 4 small companies - Drummond Packaging, Steloroy, an injection moulder, Adlec, coatings on plastic, Agovox, distributors of telephone answering machines[14]

1982 Acquired Yorkshire Engineering Supplies[15]

1984 After a year's campaign Suter Electrical took over Francis Industries[16]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, Oct 07, 1960
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. The Times, Jul 11, 1968
  5. The Times, Mar 07, 1969
  6. The Times, Aug 28, 1969
  7. The Times, Jul 31, 1970
  8. The Times, Jul 09, 1971
  9. The Times, Sep 05, 1972
  10. The Times, May 03, 1973
  11. The Times, Oct 12, 1973
  12. The Times, May 17, 1973
  13. The Times, Apr 19, 1978
  14. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Nov 03, 1981
  15. The Times, Feb 03, 1982
  16. The Times, Dec 04, 1984