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Automotive, electrical, agricultural and industrial engineers, of Reading
1964 Joint Venture with Bell's Asbestos and Engineering (Holding) to manufacture and sell excavating equipment and Shawnee-Poole dumpers in South Africa; the equipment would be made by Adwest's subsidiary Steelfab
1978 Acquired Burman and Sons, the steering gear part of Duport, which would mean that Adwest had 25% of the British market for such gear. Also acquired 80% of Anciens Etablissements Bowden, a French private company specialised in flexible controls which was closely associated with Adwest's Bowden subsidiary
1980 Slight drop in profits upset Adwest's long-term record of growth.
1981 Acquired pump and pneumatic equipment makers Lacy-Hulbert and Co
1982 The growth in the property development side of the business was offsetting the drop in the engineering businesses.
1986 Major reduction in staffing at Burman due to fall in demand for its products and delivery problems.
1988 Acquired Abbott Transistor Laboratories, a Californian defence equipment company.