North Wales rocks have been quarried for hundreds of years. In 1961 a quarrying group, Kneeshaw-Lupton, was being advised by a Glasgow University Lecturer in Geology, Dr Robert H Cummings, assisting them to locate the best grades of Carboniferous limestone for their customers. So successful was his consulting support that he was offered full time employment.
Initially not wishing to be enticed away from academia, he was eventually persuaded by the Robertson family, owners of Kneeshaw-Lupton and with other interests in shipping and banking, to establish a non-profit making organisation, Robertson Research Company Limited, which would both service the quarries and also undertake contract research in various geotechnical disciplines.
Dr Cummings established the first Robertson offices and laboratory in pre-fabricated facilities in a quarry in Llandulas, on the North Wales coast, just to the east of Colwyn Bay. In the first few years of its existence, Robertson undertook laboratory analytical work for civil engineering, quarrying, minerals and petroleum purposes.