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Maker of plastic piping

1980 Formed in Doncaster by Kevin McDonald, with the help of Geoff Harrison

1985 Public offer of shares in the company[1]

1986 Acquired a maker of plastic pipe, Paragon, from F. H. Tomkins and Procell Plastics, maker of plastic fascias, etc[2]

1988 Acquired Hayes Pipes (Ulster) and its subsidiary Autoplas (NI)[3] and Mason Pinder, maker of injection moulding tools and moulds[4]

1996/7 Several acquisitions including TDI makers of insulated damp proof courses[5] and Celmac of Manchester[6]

1999 Acquired by IMI[7]

2004 IMI disposed of most of its building products division, the last part being Polypipe[8]

2005 A private equity group bought Polypipe from IMI[9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 26, 1985
  2. The Times, November 19, 1986
  3. The Times, September 21, 1988
  4. The Times, August 04, 1988
  5. The Times January 29, 1997
  6. The Times, April 30, 1997
  7. The Times, April 16, 1999
  8. The Times, March 09, 2004
  9. The Times, July 05, 2005