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R. W. Greeff and Co

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of 20 Eastcheap, Thames House, and warehouse in Southwark

Chemical and Drugs merchants and importers[1] including white lead and titanium oxide, acetone, organic acids, quinine.

1881 Company formed.

1890 Partnership dissolved between R. W. Greeff and A. Greeff of Mincing Lane[2].

1892 R. W. Greeff took into partnership G. T. Augspurg who had previously carried on business at 34 Great Tower Street[3].

1897 Moved to 20 Eastcheap.

1915 R. W. Greeff was a signatory of a group of naturalised persons opposed to the German war methods who expressed their loyalty to their adopted country[4].

1920 Converted into a limited company R. W. Greeff and Co

1936 As a result of the sale by the trustees and executors of the founder, Greeff-Chemicals Holdings was incorporated to acquire the share capital of R. W. Greeff and Co which also had minority interests in several companies; public issue of shares[5].

mid-1940s: R. W. Greeff and Co became one of the shareholders in British Titan Products, together with ICI, Imperial Smelting Corporation, Goodlass, Wall and Lead Industries[6]

1975 Following the take-over of Chemical Securities by Greeff-Chemicals Holdings, the name of the group was changed to: Federated Chemical Holdings. R. W. Greeff was part of this group. Acquired 74% of Clonmel Holdings and 70% of K and K Holdings of the Netherlands (which seems to be Kingsley and Keith group). Disposed of shares in 3M UK and Croda International. Policy to be active in trading as well as investments[7].

1977 Acquired by Dalgety; as condition of purchase, its holdings in Tioxide were sold to its partners ICI and Goodlass, Wall and Lead Industries.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book: C
  2. The Times, 30 August 1890
  3. The Times, 4 January 1892
  4. The Times, 21 May 1915
  5. The Times, 10 June 1936
  6. The Times, 13 July 1948
  7. The Times, 4 July 1975