Omya UK - Milestones
Omya UK started life in 1952 as Croxton+Garry as chemical distributor. For many years Croxton+Garry acted as UK distributor for the Melbourn Whiting Company, a company that was acquired by Plüss-Staufer AG (now Omya AG) in 1966. In 1979 Croxton+Garry was taken over by Plüss-Staufer AG, and the Melbourn Whiting Company became part of the new Croxton+Garry organisation.
In the 1980s the company diversified into chemical manufacturer and greatly expanded its distribution activities. Acquisitions made over recent years have strengthened the company's position as the UK's leading supplier of fine calcium carbonates as well as adding dolomite and talc to the company's comprehensive product portfolio.
Major Events in Omya UK's History
|1952||Croxton+Garry Ltd founded.|
|1966||Melbourn Whiting Company acquired by Plüss-Staufer AG.|
|1978||Head Office moved to Dorking, Surrey.|
|1979||Croxton+Garry acquired by Plüss-Staufer AG.|
|1982||Aberdeen tank farm built to supply marble slurries to the Paper Inustry in Scotland.|
|1984||Manufacture of predispersions for the Rubber Industry established at Cross Keys, South Wales.|
|1986||Ridham tank farm built to supply marble slurries to the Paper Inustry in South-East England.|
|1989||Acquistion of the Industrial Minerals Division of Blue Circle Industries.|
|1991||Derbyshire Stone limestone business acquired from the Tarmac Group.|
|1992||Technical Centre opened at Melton, Humberside. Humber chemical blending and repackaging plant comissioned. Laminox, a manufacturer of micaeous iron oxide, acquired from the Cooksons Group.|
|1994||Norwegian Talc Ltd acquired as a result of the Group acquiring Norwegian Talc AS from the Ernstrom Minerals Group.|
|1997||Company name changed to Omya UK.|
|1998||Eglinton Limestone, N.Ireland became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Omya UK.|
|1999||Omya UK acquired the Lafarge Redland Industrial Minerals division from the Lafarge Group. UK distribution centre established at Trafford Park, Manchester.|
|2000||Calcium oxide business acquired from Speciality Minerals.|
|2002||Predispersion manufacture transferred from Cross Keys to Humber. Laminox business divested.|
|2005||Omya UK moves into its new purpose built head office in Derby.|
|2010||Omya UK acquired the Fillite business from Trelleborg Offshore in April, 2010.|
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