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Birfield Industries

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Oct 1960.
September 1962.
October 1962.
October 1964.
October 1966.

Birfield Industries of Stratford House, London W.1.

1938 New company formed, Birfield Industries, for purpose of acquiring Hardy Spicer and Co and the undertaking and assets of Laycock Engineering Co [1].

1938 Became public company

By 1950 Phosphor Bronze Co and Bound Brook Bearings Ltd were subsidiaries[2].

1957 Birfield Industries supplied the automotive, railway, aviation and general engineering industries; subsidiaries were[3]:

1956/7 Name of holding company changed to The Birfield Group

1961 Holding company for group of 24 subsidiaries comprising foundries and factories for light engineering products in the automotive, railway, agricultural, aviation, filtration and general engineering industries. 8,100 employees

1964 Birfield Group consisted of[4]:

1967 Acquired by GKN becoming GKN Birfield Transmissions.[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 23 December 1938
  2. The Times, 9 March 1950
  3. The Times, Mar 04, 1957
  4. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Oct 13, 1964
  5. The Times, 26 January 1968