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1937 Formation of Odeon Theatres Limited as a public company
Late 1940s: Prospect of receivership; rescue organised by the company's accountant John Davies.
1947 the new name J. Arthur Rank Organisation was used to describe the organisation which included Odeon Theatres Ltd, Gaumont British Picture Corporation and many subsidiary and associated companies
1947 Several companies within the Organisation were involved in scientific research:
1955 Company name changed from Odeon Theatre Limited to Rank Organisation Ltd; AGM reminded that there was no financial connection with Ranks Ltd although J. Arthur Rank was chairman of both companies. The main elements of the group were:
1956 Joint venture with Haloid Corporation in a new company Rank-Xerox to manufacture and market a new "electro-photographic" process. Investment in Haloid Corporation at the suggestion of John Davies. Large amount invested in the new venture Rank-Xerox which after 4-5 years paid off handsomely.
1956 Formation of Rank Precision Industries
1959 Acquired Wharfedale Wireless Works, makers of loudspeakers. Having acquired Regency Holdings, providing a "piped" radio and television service in certain South Coast towns, Rank set up Rank Relay Service to offer radio and television relay
1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Export Achievement 
1969 The Rank Organisation had several parts:
1969 A number of subsidiaries were put into liquidation including Rank Relay Services.
1975 Disquiet amongst investors about the poor results from the diversification policy, about the composition of the board and about the dominance of the Rank Foundation in the share register.