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Automotive Products Associated

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1949 Automotive Products Associated Limited was incorporated to acquire the whole of the share capital of Automotive Products Co ltd, Borg and Beck Co Ltd, Lockheed Hydraulic Brake Co Ltd and subsequently converted into a public company. Also manufactured Thompson steering track rods, Purolator filters, and various aircraft components.[1]

1954 Bought a firm in West Bromwich for expansion.

1958 Formation of Lockheed Precision Products subsidiary.

1959 Automotive Products Associated included[2][3] [4][5][6]:

as well as companies outside the UK and products including:

1961 Announced plans for new factory at Banbury.

1968 Automotive Products Associated was the parent company of the Automotive Products Groupl the company's headquarters were at Leamington Spa; the spares and service division was at Banbury.[7]

1971 Agreed bid for Appleby Edmonds, sheet metal supplier to Automotive Products[8]

1973 The UK business was streamlined by consolidating the 11 subsidiaries into one company; the name was changed to Automotive Products (otherwise known as AP).[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 08, 1949
  2. The Times Sep 01, 1959
  3. The Times Oct 21, 1959
  4. The Times, Mar 17, 1960
  5. The Times, Apr 12, 1961
  6. The Times Oct 18, 1961
  7. The Times , Mar. 1, 1968
  8. The Times May 27, 1971
  9. The Times 15 June 1973