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John Ismay and Sons

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John Ismay and Sons, manufacturer of electric lamps and gas mantles, of Roden Street Works, Ilford and Sterling Works, Dagenham[1]

1927 B. I. M Ltd was established, manufacturer of gas mantles with works at Roden Street, Ilford. John Ismay was chairman.

1931 Introduced electric lamps.

1933 John Ismay and Sons Ltd was floated to acquire B. I. M. Ltd, manufacturer of electric lamps and gas mantles. Subdidiary companies included an organisation selling the products, and a glass manufacturing making the glass used in electric lamps[2]

1933 Public issue of shares to fund expansion[3]. The electric lamp business was growing rapidaly mainly supplying lamps carrying the name of the retailer but next season the company would introduce its own brands - Relma and Fenbo[4]

1934 British Crystalite Co was marketing the Fenbo crystal lamp; had established a subsidiary to manufacture the neon tubular lamp; had acquired large interest in merchants H. C. Rawson which also was interested in Halcyon Radio Co which had recently introduced a new model and was also interested in television[5]

1934 Increase in capital; rights issue[6]

1934 Acquired controlling interest in British Blue Spot Co, maker of loudspeakers for wirelesses and accessories[7]

1935 Further issue of shares[8]

1935 Ismay Industries was formed to take advantage of various opportunities in the electrical industry and acquired this company, whose shareholders gained rights to subscribe for the new company[9]. This would enable the company to obtain parts from associated companies.

1935 Testing a radium ray lamp[10]

1936 Had developed a low tension neon lamp which provided a light close to daylight.

1937 The company had sold some of its investments; the company was concentrating on lamps made at the Ilford factory[11]

1938 Ismay Industries sold the electric lamp business of John Ismay and Sons as well as its holding in Britannia Electric Lamp Works, which was John Ismay's principal customer, and its interests in Briton Lamps Ltd[12]

1938 The members of the Electric Lamp Manufacturers Association jointly bought the lamp businesses of Ismay Industries Ltd - see Ismay Lamps

1939 The company name was to be changed to Sterling Electric Holdings[13]. The parent company underwent drastic reorganisation[14]

1940 The company was still in existence at this time[15]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 12, 1935
  2. The Times, Jun 05, 1934
  3. The Times, 1933
  4. The Times, Jul 05, 1933
  5. The Times, Jun 15, 1934
  6. The Times (London, England), Friday, Sep 21, 1934
  7. The Times, Dec 13, 1934
  8. The Times, Mar 06, 1935
  9. The Times, Jun 20, 1935
  10. The Times, Jul 10, 1935
  11. The Times, Jun 26, 1937
  12. The Times, Dec 15, 1938
  13. The Times Jan 06, 1939
  14. The Times, Feb 23, 1939
  15. The Times, Aug 27, 1940