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40 Years of Excellence - Catnic History Timeline

Catnic - History

Launch our interactive time-line and take a trip down memory lane as we pick out some of the iconic moments in Catnic's illustrious history.

1969 Catnic was formed when British Steel Engineer Brian Robinson took his idea to South Wales Entreprenuer Alf Gooding. The name Catnic came from Brian's two children CATherine and NIColas.

1971 The first edition of Catnic news headlined "astonishing Success for Catnic lintels" chronicled the meteoric sales of a truly innovative product.

1971 A builders merchant covering East Anglia carry Catnic lintels for the first time... their name Jewson & Sons Ltd.

1972 Sales grow 300% on 1971's record breaking year

1973 A VIP visit from the then leader of the Conservative party, Margaret Thatcher MP. Whatever happened to her?

1973 The total length of Catnic lintels produced since the commencement of production at the factory in 1969 passes the 6000 miles mark.

1974 Catnic launch the Catnic-Schanz range of steel doorframes to the market.

1974 The seal of approval was given to Catnic steel lintels when the Agrément Board awarded its certificate to the entire range of Catnic lintels.

1975 In June 1975 the number of lintels manufactured in one month would stretch 111miles.

1976 Winner Boats (Europe) Ltd,m an associate company in the Catnic group collected £250,000-worth of confirmed orders before end of January.

1977 Catnic revolutionise the revolution - introduces a slotted base plate to improve thermnal properties and provide a perfect plaster key.

1977 Cat Girl, heroine of Catnic's promotional leaflets, comes under criticism for denigrate the female sex.

1978 George Wimpey Homes honour the Catnic steel lintel by awarding it a coveted place in the list of authoriesed building components.

1979 Alf Gooding hires a train from Cardiff to London to transport 700 Catnic employees and their families to the swish Café Royal for lunch and the famous Talk of the town for an evening shindig.

1979 More than just a pretty lintel. After 10 years in business Catnic launches a new range of building components.

1980 Exports of Catnic products gather pace with domination in Europe and new the Middle East.

1980 Catnic lintel sales continue to defy the number of housing starts in the late 70's

1981 It's all gone black! Catnic makes £1million investment in a high technology powder coating system. The distinctive black lintel is launched at Interbuild 81.

1982 Working with some of the building industries high fliers. In this case housebuilder Barratt and that famous helicopter.

1983 After an epic eight year legal battle ending in the House of Lords and setting legal precedents along the way, Catnic defends its patent against imitators.

1984 The first lintels to carry the coveted BSI symbol are of course Catnic.

1984 Catnic announce yet more increases to the family with the introduction of suspended ceiling system, eaves ventilator, Rib Lath and stainless steel plaster beads.

1984 The A J Gooding Group sell Catnic to RTZ Industries.

1985 Catnic acquire Garador to compliment is building products offering.

1986 European and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sir Henry Cooper learnt how to box clever with the famous Catnic box lintel.

1987 Catnic launches its innovative 'Stronghold' Wall Starter Kit.

1989 20 years on top

1991 The Catnic portfolio of products receives a boost by the acquisition of both Jones of Oswestry and Samson Lintels.

1992 The launch of another quality Catnic product the new stainless steel wire wall tie.

1993 The Caradon Group of companies acquires Catnic.

1994 Catnic celebrates their silver jubilee still serving the building industry with the same style and efficiency that has marked the most astounding product growth in modern building history.

1996 This feisty character helps launch of the Catnic cougar range of open back lintels.

1998 Catnic goes full circle after being acquired by British Steel to complement its existing Dorman Long lintel business.

1999 British Steel merges with Dutch company Hoogovens to form CORUS

1999 Catnic launches QwikPost metal fence supports.

2001 Catnic enhances the range of Frame Anchors, Face Fix, Joist Hangers, Nail Plates, Angle Brackets, Timber Tooth connectors.

2002 A revamped Qwikpost spike utilises an innovative double coach bolt fixing mechanism.

2003 Catnic launches a steel-based roofing product Litetile.

2004 Catnic moves to a new purpose built office facility.

2005 Catnic launches revolutionary brick support tool Brikmat at the NEC's Homebuilding and Renovation Show.

2007 Corus becomes Tata Steel in a £6.7 billion takeover deal. The Corus brand is to be retained, at least for the foreseeable future.

2008 Catnic launches a new range of PVCu plaster beads and adds steelwork to its stable of products.

2008 Catnic named as a runner-up for the Builder Merchants Excellence Awards 'Supplier of the Year' category.

2009 Catnic launches RIB21 an expanded metal sheet used in formwork for concrete.

2010 Catnic launches its new Make it Happen marketing campaign

2011 Catnic is named Supplier of the Year at the Builder's Merchants Award and is also named CEMCO Supplier of the Year 2011

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