|Date Range||1929 - 1971|
|Controlled||Pigments Plant at Laverton, Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand Limited (ICIANZ) (1960 - 1969)|
Imperial Chemical Industries (Australasia) Ltd was formed in 1928 as an Australian subsidiary of the British chemical company ICI Ltd, and was renamed Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand Limited (ICIANZ) in 1929.
ICIANZ established a pigments plant at Laverton in 1960 to meet the demands of a growing Australian market. Following staff training with the Dyestuffs Division of ICI Ltd in England, production at the Laverton site commenced in February 1962. Employing around 80 people, the plant spread over 5 acres of a 330 acre site, all of which was owned by ICIANZ.
In 1970, ICIANZ entered as equal partners in a joint venture with BASF Australia Ltd to form Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Ltd (PMA Ltd). Two members of the four member PMA board came from ICIANZ (the other two being from BASF Australia Ltd). PMA also continued to have access to ICIANZ and ICI Ltd technology, and had the stated purpose to "support the role of ICI and BASF in Australia".
ICIANZ became ICI Australia Pty Ltd in 1971. The latter continued to work closely with PMA Ltd until the company's closure in 1991.
|1928 - 1929||Imperial Chemical Industries (Australasia) Ltd formed.|
|1929||ICI (Australasia) Ltd is renamed Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand Limited (ICIANZ)|
|9 May 1960||ICIANZ approves funding for a new Pigments Plant at Laverton to provide Azo and Phthalocyanine organic pigments to the increasing Australian market.|
|February 1962||Production commences at the Laverton plant, which covered 5 acres of a 330 acre site, all of which was owned by ICIANZ.|
|1 January 1970||ICIANZ enters a joint venture with BASF Australia Ltd to form Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Ltd, with the stated purpose "to support the role of ICI and BASF in Australia". Two members of the four member board come from ICIANZ (and two from BASF).|
|1971||ICIANZ becomes ICI Australia Pty Ltd.|
|References||ICI Ltd online: http://www.ici.com/History/ (date accessed: 1 August 2008);|
Bruce Smith, "Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia & New Zealand Limited (1928- )" entry in the Guide to Australian Business Records, published by Archive Research Consultancy, 2005,
http://www.gabr.net.au/biogs/ABE0098b.htm (date accessed: 1 August 2008);
PMA0185, "Historical Documents - Pigments Plant - Selection and Personnel", Series 1, Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Collection, MS 13626, State Library of Victoria, Australia.