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W. Willson Cobbett

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June 1880.

of 60 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC

1879 Company incorporated as W. Willson Cobbett Limited. Originally a manufacturer of non-asbestos transmission belting; the company later extended its activities into friction materials and asbestos textiles, packings and jointings.

1897 Became public company.

1911 The company's name was changed to Scandinavia Belting Company Limited

1925 Acquired the British Asbestos Co Ltd. Name changed to British Belting and Asbestos Limited.

1967 Following reorganisation of the group's activities, the parent company became a holding and management company under the name BBA Group Limited.

BBA has never been concerned with the production or sale of asbestos cement products; neither has it owned mining interests.

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Sources of Information

  • Competition Commission report [1]