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October 1963.

1957 first use of the name as a subsidiary of ICI Metals Division

1965 Lightning Fasteners was merged with the Opti group of West Germany; IMI Group retained 51% of the UK interests, 49% of the West German interests and 50% of other European interests[1]

1968 formation of J. Stern (Optilon)

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times 7 March 1966
  • IMI Archives at Birmingham [1]