The History and Origins of the Old Paint Company ~ HPG
|B.J.N. / BERGER GROUP|
The two companies Lewis Berger & Sons and Jenson & Nicholson continued to expand separately but along almost parallel lines. A number of acquisitions occurred during their individual expansions both in the UK and overseas ~ mainly in Australia, New Zealand, India, Africa, the Caribbean and India. Jenson & Nicholson had made perhaps the biggest acquisition with the purchase of John Hall & Sons in 1948
In the summer of 1960 Lewis Berger & Sons merged with JENSON & NICHOLSON to form Berger, Jenson & Nicholson [B.J.N.] often referred to as 'The Berger Group of Companies'.
In 1969 B.J.N. purchased British Paints from American Celanese. British Paints were the second biggest marine paint company in the UK. The purchase made the ‘Berger Group’ one of the largest paint groups in the world. The purchase however created a minor problem as one of B.J.N.'s main American licensors were in litigation with Celanese.
Within two years of the purchase of British Paints the B.J.N. group were purchased by Farbewerke Hoechst, who were vying with DuPont as the largest chemical group in the world.
This page is not so much a history of B.J.N. but below listed the companies that came into being during the growth and development of the B.J.N./Berger Group
This is not a full list and we welcome any additional data and corrections.
Some Berger, Jenson & Nicholson and British Paints are missing from this list.
Where '??? ' is shown, we do not know the date the company was founded.
Lewis Berger & Sons Ltd 1760
Jenson & Nicholson Ltd 1821
John Hall & Sons (Bristol) Ltd 1788
The London Paint & Varnish Company ???
British Paints Ltd ???
Alligator Paints (W.I.) Ltd ???
Resinous Chemicals (R.C.L.) ???
W A Rose & Co Ltd, 1917
Berger Jenson & Nicholson Ltd 1960
Berger Traffic Markings Ltd 1947
Lewis Berger (Scotland) Ltd, 1940
Lewis Berger & Sons S.A. 1925
Lewis Berger & Sons of America Ltd 1899
Lewis Berger & Sons (Australia) Pty Ltd 1911
Lewis Berger & Sons (Ireland) Ltd 1936
Lewis Berger & Sons (New Zealand) Ltd 1931
Lewis Berger & Sons (South Africa) Ltd 1921
Lewis Berger & Sons (Ireland) Ltd ???
Lewis Berger & Sons (West Indies) Ltd ???
Lewis Berger & Sons (India) Ltd ???
Lewis Berger & Sons (New Zealand) Ltd ???
Lewis Berger & Sons (Tanzania) Ltd ???
Lewis Berger & Sons (Nigeria) Ltd ???
Sherwin-Williams (Ireland) Ltd 1935
Sherwin-Williams Co (New Zealand) Ltd 1935
Matex Ltd (later Similpiere Marble Products Ltd) 1920
Wylie’s Cleaners (later Berger Group Supplies) 1910
Conrad W Schmidt (F A Glaeser) 1877.
Spelthorne Metals Ltd ???
Berger Paints [Kenya] Ltd
Berger Paints [Uganda] Ltd
Berger Paints [Tanzania] Ltd
Tintas Berger [Angola] Ltd
British Paints/RCL [Australia] Pty ???
British Paints/RCL [South Africa] Ltd ???
British Paints/RCL [India] Ltd ???
British Paints Torpedo Marine[Nigeria] Ltd ???
British Paints Torpedo Marine[South Africa] Ltd ???
British Paints Torpedo Marine[Nigeria] Ltd ???
British Paints Torpedo Marine[New Zealand] Ltd ???
British Paints Torpedo Marine[Holland] Ltd ???
British Paints Torpedo Marine[Eire] Ltd ???
British Paints Torpedo Marine[West Indies] Ltd ???
Aita Syndicate Ltd, 1911;
Algray DIY Ltd 1972;
Allen Davis (Wallpapers) Ltd 1967
Barnes & Sons (previously Ross & Co [Leeds]) Ltd, 1913
Bristow, Wadley & Co Ltd, 1954
Building Supplies (Surbiton) 1945
John Carter ( Paints) Ltd 1953
H Chapell & Co Ltd, 1934
Cardiff Glazing & Mirror Products Ltd 1946;
C Clifford Ltd, 1954,
Colorbrush Ltd 1925
Cuprinol Ltd 1933
Cuprinol Benelux ???
Cuprinol Korzite Ltd (Canada) ???
Frank Hart & Co Ltd 1946;
H C Hitchman Ltd 1938-52;
Hogarth Taxis (Blackall) Ltd 1946
Ernest Hunter (Coxhoe) Ltd 1945
John Hunter Wallpaper Stores Ltd 1971
Direct Paints Ltd, 1970
Harker, Sanders Ltd 1947
Keystone Paint & Varnish Co Ltd, 1941
Lindsley Wallpaper & Hardware Stores Ltd, 1947
The Loanings Property Co Ltd, 1960
MacGregor Wallcoverings Ltd, 1964
C A Martin & Sons Ltd 1939
Masser Paints( Dublin )
P J Mott Gotobed Co Ltd 1961
P G W Holdings Ltd, 1966
Paintcol Ltd (formerly Peter Fisher( Scotland) Ltd), 1954
Pickels Garden Products Ltd (formerly Pickles (Paints) Ltd), 1966
Rainbow Paints (Israel)
Robbialac Portuguesa- Tinatas e decoracoa RL
Ruddlesdens Ltd, 1966
J M Seed (Preston) Ltd, 1973
Selleys Chemical Company (New Zealand )
Selleys Chemical Company (Australia) Pty
Sissons Paints (Eastern) Ltd, 1957
W Symonds Ltd 1931
Tintas Berger (Portugal) Ltd
Tomlinson Proctor Ltd 1957
Topdec LTD (formerly John Handland) Ltd, 1960
Arthur Johnson (Trend) Ltd 1969
Trend (North West) Ltd, 1970
Varden Laboratories Ltd 1941
P M Walker Ltd 1924
Waitell Wallpapers Ltd 1946
Western Wallpapers Ltd, 1946
G Widger & Sons Ltd 1952
J Yeomans Ltd 1950
Additional information to the history of B.J.N. [Berger,Jenson & Nicholson ]... [BERGER GROUP] is most welcome.
Note: there is a huge amount of information on Lewis Berger and Sons Ltd kept in the Hackney Archives
covering board meeting, brochures, recipe books, sales, union meetings, etc.