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Winstone Ltd : Rise and fall of a family empire

Trewby, Mary(2007-01-01)


This case investigates the development and the demise of one of New Zealand’s long-established and largest contracting and building materials companies, Winstone Ltd. From its beginnings as a one-man carrying business, a partnership of two brothers working as coal merchants and carriers began trading as W. and G. Winstone in 1869. In 1984 Brierley Investments Ltd took control of the company, which, in 1988, was on-sold to Fletcher Challenge, its major competitor. The 124-year-old company of Winstone Ltd, which included a number of subsidiary companies, was subsequently assimilated into the Fletcher Challenge business.

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Case Description
Business Case Study NoUA-2007-003
Number of Pages9
CategoryHistorical narrative; Teaching case
CompanyWinstone Limited
Setting - CountryNew Zealand

SourceAuckland, NZ. Publisher: University of Auckland Business Case Centre. Pages: 1 - 10