Low family

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Low family

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Low Brothers & Co. was a firm of jute merchants and was based in Dundee. Its origins can be traced to a jute bag-sewing firm, which was established in 1913 by William Low (Snr) and Peter Low. In 1960 it merged with Don and Buist. Two Don directors joined Lows' board and William Low (Jnr) of Low Brothers joined the board of Don and Buist. Both companies continued to trade under their own names, until internal reconstruction of the Don and Low group in the 1980s. William Low (Jnr) emerged as a leading figure in the new firm and played a key role in establishing it as one of Europe's leading polypropylene companies. He was for a long time Chairman and Chief Executive of the firm. He finally left the firm in 1989 when he retired from as position as non executive Chairman. He also served as Chairman of Dundee Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the European Association of textile Polyolefins. This post was later held by his son. W. Barclay Low, who also served as Don and Low's personnel director


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