The growth of Hanson plc from 1964 to 1991
1964: Market capitalisation £300,000.
Hanson and White's Oswald Tillotson motors is bought by Wiles
Group. Hanson and White join Wiles board.
1965: Control of Wiles is gained. Hanson becomes chairman. White sells
in his Welbecson publishing.
1966: Wiles sells fertiliser business.
1967: Acquires Scottish Land Developments (construction equipment).
1968: Wins bid for West of England Sack. Buys British Agricultural
Services. Share swap with financier Slater Walker. Wins Butterley
Engineering bid. Buys Nathaniel Lloyd and Dufaylite printers.
1969: Wins bid for Provincial Traction motors (Swain Group). Sells
Scottish Land. Buys into Hewden-Stuart plant hire. Sells Gosport
and Fareham omnibus. Wiles Group changes name to Hanson Trust.
1970: Withdraws bid for Steels Garages when rival outbids. Sells
Tillotson motors and Swain Group.
1971: Wins bid for National Star Brick and Tile Holdings. Buys property
1972: Merger with Richard Costain called off. Fails in tender for
Thomas Cook travel. Bid for Richard Costain fails when share
price outraces bid. Buys into United Gas Industries.
1973: Loses tender for Rolls-Royce motors. Fails in bid for Sykes
Lacy-Hulbert pumps, then buys control privately. Calls off bid
for Bowater Corporation after referral to MMC. White sets up
Hanson Industries in US: buys Seacoast Products, stake in
building group Gable Industries, and J Howard Smith
1974: Buys stake in US United Artists Theatre Circuit. Sells Bryan
and Dorkin valves.