Low & Bonar Ltd, Jute Spinners, Manufacturers and Merchants, Dundee
- 1901-1986 (Creation)
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In 1903 John C. Low and George Bonar entered into a partnership agreement to carry on the business of merchanting jute goods in both home and foreign markets. In 1909, East Port Calender works, a cloth-finishing and bag sewing and printing establishment was acquired. In 1912 the original partnership became incorporated as a Private Limited Company, Low & Bonar Ltd and the share capital of William Fergusson & Sons Ltd was purchased to give the company an interest in jute weaving. In 1924 the company acquired control of Baxter Brothers & Co. Ltd. The Eagle Jute Mills were built in 1930 on the site of the Dens Foundry and engineering works formerly operated by Baxter Brothers. In 1951 with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Bonar Long & Co Ltd, the company diversified into the field of electrical engineering and in 1953 the group's jute spinning activities were further expanded by the acquisition of Henry Boase & Co.
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Low and Bonar, 1901-1992; Bonar and Bemis Ltd, 1953-1978; Bonar Cole Electronics Ltd, 1978-1992; Bonar Consultancy Ltd, 1923-1993; Bonar Hugh Smith, 1903-1989; Bonar Hypower Ltd, 1940-1993; Bonar Packaging Limited, 1945-1978; The Candian Bag Company Ltd., 1944-1979; EAP (Materials) Ltd., 1950-1957; Economic Bag Company Ltd., 1944-1958; Edenvale (Senior Citizens) Holidays Limited, 1980-1993; E.N. Bray Ltd., 1947-1993; Forfar Fabrics Ltd., 1965-1986; GHP Services Ltd., 1965-1993; Gifford Warehouse Company, 1944-1958; James Nichols & Son (Holdings) Ltd., 1950-1955; James Nichols & Son Ltd., 1952-1993; John Mcowan Limited, 1956-1961; Logan Engineering Limited, Lochee, 1943-1972; Low & Bonar Engineering Ltd., 1910-1989; Low & Bonar Oil Services Ltd., 1922-1993; Plastofabs, 1945-1958; PI Instrumental Electronics Limited, 1980-1993; Poynton Fry & Co. Ltd., 1947-1982; Prince Edward Island Bag Co. Ltd., 1944-1947; Richard Hayward & Sons Ltd., 1804-1976; T. Wigton & Co. Ltd., 1925-1993; Walkerville Bag Manufacturing Company Limited, 1945-1948; Wemyss Textiles Limited, 1976-1987
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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997
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