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Aberdare Holdings

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Aberdare Holdings, of Aberdare, South Wales, manufacturers of cables, electric switchgear, transformers and associated equipment.

1937 Aberdare Cables was founded as a public company[1]; George Usher was chairman[2].

1951 A new holding company for the group was formed, Aberdare Cable (Holdings) Ltd, as its interests expanded. Aberdare Cables would be one of its subsidiaries[3].

1954 Bought out the minority shareholders in South Wales Switchgear and Aberdare Engineering [4].

1958 Name changed from Aberdare Cable (Holdings) to Aberdare Holdings to reflect its broader range of interests[5] - subsidiaries included Aberdare Cables, South Wales Switchgear, Aberdare Engineering.

1960 Acquired controlling interest in Treforest Electrical Services; intended to make offer for the minority of shares[6].

1961 Acquired Neptune Brass and Aluminium Co which supplied castings to South Wales Switchgear[7].

Eventually grew to a workforce of 4,000 in South Wales[8].

1967 After a contentious battle with Thorn Electrical Industries, Aberdare Holdings failed to acquire Metal Industries[9].

1968 General Electric of USA purchased about 25% of the company[10].

1968 Electric Construction Co was taken over by South Wales based Aberdare Holdings who manufactured modern truck and metal clad switchgear.

1968 Also acquired Erskine, Heap and Co; also owned Linegear, Yorkshire Electric Transformer Co, Cascade Services as well as associated companies Federal Electric, Natgas, and Water Engineering.[11].

1971 Aberdare Holdings sold its cable-making subsidiary Aberdare Cables to Pirelli-General Cable Works[12]

1973 Hawker Siddeley acquired Aberdare Holdings including South Wales Switchgear[13].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 28 April 1958
  2. The Times, 15 May 1964
  3. The Times, 26 April 1951
  4. The Times, 10 December 1954
  5. The Times, 28 April 1958
  6. The Times, 11 May 1960
  7. The Times, 17 May 1961
  8. Sir Frederick John Pascoe [1]
  9. The Times, 7 August 1967
  10. The Times, 21 September 1968
  11. The Times, 24 September 1968
  12. The Times, 31 July 1971
  13. The Times, 2 November 1973