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Plant Protection

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June 1953.

Plant Protection Ltd., of Yalding, Kent.

"ICI's growing interests in the field of crop protection now began to conflict with those of Cooper, McDougall and Robertson and in June 1937 a joint company, Plant Protection Ltd, was formed; curiously, the share capital was '£1900 divided into 1900 shares of £1 each'. The new company had offices in London, but the technical staff were based at Yalding in Kent. ICI contributed the research facilities at Jealott's Hill and took over the manufacturing side, including the factory at Yalding; Coopers provided the commercial and distributive expertise. (For a variety of reasons this proved to be a somewhat inharmonious alliance, particularly in research liaison; Plant Protection, after all, had its own technical staff, with a better knowledge of the market than ICI. But it worked tolerably well in practice and lasted until 1958, when ICI bought out the crop protection interests of Cooper, McDougall & Robertson, and Plant Protection Ltd became a wholly-owned ICI subsidiary)".[1]

*Note: Introduction of 'Jealott's Hill Fifty years of Agricultural Research 1928-1978' is available in pdf format in digital archive.

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Jealott's Hill - Fifty years of Agricultural Research 1928-1978'