The following Scottish bricks were found by Consuelo Bravo Antúnez in the heart of the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Atacama Desert was a huge source of sodium nitrate (saltpetre) which was mined on a large scale until the early 1940s. The UK imported many many shiploads of the saltpetre and it appears they supplied many…
Below – 03/09/1964 – Aberdeen Press and Journal. Coltness Industries Limited – 1837 to 1964 including the Coltness Brickworks Limited.
Below – 12/12/1966 – Coventry Evening Telegraph – Coltness Brickworks losses.
Below – 03/04/1970 – Newcastle Evening Chronicle – Advert for a general manager.
30/11/1973 – Financial Times – – Pope and Pearson have sent out details of the proposed acquisitions from Coltness Group of Coltness Brickworks (now Caledonian Brick) and Ernest Abram Brickworks) (now Fife Brick). Pope and Pearson are forecasting combined attributable profits before tax for the enlarged group for – the 17 months ending December 31, 1973. of £240.000, including’ In the case of the two acquisitions their results for a six-month period only on this basis, the annualised profits before tax and extraordinary items for the enlarged group would be £280.000. The directors intend to recommend a final dividend of 1.66666p per share gross: this and the interim dividends already paid to make total dividends equivalent to 2.4541 6p per share for the 17 month period. Treasury has indicated that it will consent to final. In a normal financial year and assuming annual profits before tax of £280.000, the directors would expect to recommend dividends of 2.8p net (4p gross). As previously announced, Coltness Group owns 39 per cent, of Pope and Pearson and is obliged to make an unconditional offer to acquire the remaining shares at 320p per share wish and, in addition, has agreed to acquire all the preference shares for 60 p per share cash. These offers will be made on January 2. Coltness Group has informed Pope and Pearson that it intends to retain an interest in not less than 35 per cent, and not more than 49 per cent, of the enlarged Ordinary capital.