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of Reading and Luton
1955 Formation of public company by merger of Adamant Engineering Co of Luton and Western Manufacturing of Reading in order to acquire more capacity to meet demand in face of shortage of labour in Luton.
Business was mainly concerned with manufacture of the Marles steering gear; also continued the Western activities in electrical actuators for aircraft, the Miller printing machine (from USA), high pressure wax thermostats (handled by a new joint subsidiary Western and Thomson Controls)
1956 Formed an electronics division which licensed an automatic weighing device from ICI.
1958 Intention to concentrate steering gear production at Reading and sell the Luton factory; new factory opened at Southampton to supply UK Atomic Energy Authority.
1961 Agreement with Bendix Corporation of USA for manufacture and sale of Bendix manual and power assisted steering.
1962 Announced development plans for Reading airport at Woodley, which the company owned; the airport would close in 1963.