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1850 James Pain business was founded
1933 Wessex Aircraft Engineering Company (WAECO) was founded
1965 WAECO and James Pain & Sons Ltd merge and the company is re-named Pains Wessex Ltd
1973 The Schermuly business is acquired
1981 The domestic firework business is sold off and established as Pains Wessex Fireworks Ltd
1986 Pains Wessex Ltd is acquired by Chemring Group PLC
2005 Chemring Group PLC acquires Comet GmbH
2005 Chemring Group PLC announces to retain the core pyrotechnic competences of Pains Wessex and Comet within the newly formed Energetics Division
2007 Chemring Marine Ltd is formed to handle the Marine Distress Signal businesses of Pains Wessex and Comet.
Chemring Defence, part of Chemring Group PLC consists of three companies; Chemring Defence UK Limited (formerly PW Defence Ltd) , Chemring Defence Germany GmbH (formerly Comet GmbH Pyrotechnik-Apparatebau) and Pirotecnia Oroquieta S.L.
Chemring Marine Limited is the leading manufacturer of pyrotechnics for the commercial and leisure marine markets supplying worldwide through our distributor networks.
Marketed internationally under the brands of Comet and Pains Wessex, we are supported by worldclass distributors in all major ports.