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Ruberoid Co

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Roofing contractor and manufacturer of various roofing products, of 72 Lincoln House, 296/302 High Holborn, London, WC1. Telephone: Holborn 9501 (4 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Ruberoid, London"; factory at Brimsdown, Middx.

of 663 Commonwealth House, 1-19 New Oxford Street, London, WC1, (1949) (1960).

1906 Company formed by E. R. James and D. L. Irwin.

1914 Waterloo House, Knightrider Street, London E.C.[1]

1935 Public company incorporated to acquire a company of similar name

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Bitumen roofings for every type of roof and building. Ruberoid for large buildings, Starex and Pluvex for smaller buildings. Bitumen Damp Courses, Hessian Based and Lead-lined, Asbestos Roofings, Slaters' Felts. (Stand No. B.411) [2]

WWII Developed system of prefabricated landing strips for aircraft.

Post-WWII: Products included Ruberoid and Astos roofomh, Zylex slater's felts, Pluvex and Astos damp proof membranes[3]

1971 Acquired Vulcanite Ltd, of Belfast, maker of building materials and roofing sub-contractors[4]

1972 Acquired Pennycook Patent Glazing and Engineering Co[5]

1981 Acquired Catalin, manufacturer of industrial resins and resin-treated paper[6]

1983 Acquired Camrex[7]

1983 Ruberoid Contracts acquired Coverwell Roofing from M. P. Harris (Holdings)[8]

1985 Canadian Pacific brought a suit against Camrex over the treatment of 4 ships in 1979; the claim was for £18 million, in comparison with Ruberoid's market capitalisation of £29 million[9]

1988 Acquired the remainder of the shares in Norwich Corrugated Board[10]

1988 Acquired by Tarmac

1993 Floated on the stock market[11]

Acquired by Canadian IKO group[12]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Advert
  2. 1937 British Industries Fair p408
  3. The Times, Apr 06, 1945
  4. The Times, May 11, 1971
  5. The Times, Jun 30, 1972
  6. The Times, Jul 21, 1981
  7. The Times, Jun 08, 1983
  8. The Times Aug 13, 1983
  9. The Times, May 17, 1985
  10. The Times April 07, 1988
  11. The Times, November 06, 1993
  12. The Times, July 16, 2009
  • The Times, Sep 25 1935