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  • 1920

    Yule Catto & Co Limited was incorporated to take over the business of George Yule & Co which had been in existence since 1863.  The Company was controlled by members of the family of the first Lord Catto and acted as London agents for industrial and plantation undertakings in India and Asia.  During the subsequent fifty years the company acquired a diverse group of subsidiary companies and built up a portfolio of investments primarily in British companies.


    Yule Catto & Co Limited merged with Malaya General Company Limited, an owner and operator of rubber plantations in Malaysia.  Malaya General Company Limited became the holding company and changed its name to Yule Catto & Co Limited.

    14 October 1971

    Yule Catto & Co Limited was listed on the London Stock Exchange.


    By 1980 Yule Catto was engaged in the operation of marinas, rubber and oil palm plantations and had investments in oil exploration.  In that year it acquired Revertex Chemicals Limited, an international group engaged in the processing of natural rubber latex and the manufacture of synthetic rubber latices, resins and emulsions.

    November 1981

    Yule Catto & Co Limited changed name to Yule Catto & Co plc.


    Acquisition of Holliday Chemical Holdings PLC, a manufacturer of a wide range of chemicals including active pharmaceutical chemicals, pigments, dyes and metal salt compounds.


    Divestment of a range of businesses to become a focussed supplier of speciality polymers.


    Acquisition of PolymerLatex, headquartered in Marl,Germany with operations in Europe and Asia, a manufacturer of speciality polymers including SBR, HSSBR and NBR latices and a range of Acrylic Dispersions.


    Yule Catto & Co plc changes its name to Synthomer plc.

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