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United Glass

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1959 United Glass Bottle Manufacturers changed its name to United Glass Ltd[1]

1961 Employed 10,000 persons. Four subsidiaries. [2]

1962 Acquired Key Glassworks.

1964 Acquired Johnson Radley.

1966 Owens-Illinois of USA entered a technical assistance agreement with the company for which it acquired 16.6 percent of the equity of United Glass, with option to extend to 28.5 percent by 1976[3]

1966 United Glass acquired the British Heat Resisting Glass Co.

1968 The site at Anchor and Hope Lane, Charlton had been sold[4]

1970 Acquired Armstrong Cork Co.

1971 Owned 50:50 by Owens-Illinois and Distillers[5]

1972 made 1,888 million units with 6,445 employees.

1977 Made 1,890 million units with 6,508 employees. Have eight factories: Castleford (3 furnaces), Alloa (4 furnaces), Harlow (3 furnaces), Shettleton (2 furnaces), Pealey (3 furnaces), New Cross (1 furnace), Kinghorn (1 furnace) and Brimsdown (1 furnace). Had 27% (by volume) of the UK market for glass bottles. Strong in the wines, spirits and soft drinks market.

1977. United Glass is a holding company of which the glass container division, UG Glass Containers Limited, is the largest manufacturer of glass containers in the United Kingdom.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jan 29, 1959
  2. 1961 Guide to Key British Enterprises
  3. The Times, May 13, 1969
  4. The Times Sept. 16, 1968
  5. The Times, Apr 18, 1973
  • [1] Competition Commission