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British Piston Ring Co

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of Holbrook Lane, Coventry

1909 Company founded by William Arthur Oubridge as British Chuck and Tool Co[1]

1911 Public company formed. Presumably British Chuck and Piston Ring Co

WWI Developed and applied methods of finding the best iron for piston rings for aircraft engines.

1919 Name changed to British Piston Ring Co

1935 The re-armament programme of the middle thirties brought many challenges to the aircraft industry and to component makers, and one of them was the highly specialised manufacture of the sodium-cooled aero engine valve. To Mr. W. A. Oubridge the challenge was irresistible and through his contacts in America, arrangements were made in 1935 for the formation, in conjunction with the Eaton Manufacturing Co., of a further subsidiary at Coventry, British Aero Components Ltd., a step which was to prove of immense value when the war clouds loomed again four years later. The company financially benefited quite substantially after this agreement.[2]

1937 Manufacturers of piston rings, hugh-duty cast-iron alloy specialists. "Brico" and "Brilybdenum" Cast Iron Alloy Products. [3]

1935 The British Piston Ring Co Ltd. acquired C. M. D. Engineering Co makers of COVMO replacement pistons[4]

Offered Bricovmo reconditioning service

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

c.1940 Later the replacement side of the business was segregated from the manufacturers trade and a new company, Bricovmo Ltd., was formed to handle sales and distribution of pistons and rings.

1947 Part of the Brico Organisation

1947 Acquired by Associated Engineering Holdings[5].

1961 Manufacturers of pistons, piston rings, gudgeon pins, cylinder liners, valve guides, valve seat inserts, chilled iron tappets, swirl chambers, rocker arms, cast iron bar and centrifugal castings. [6]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Piston rings and liners etc. [7]

1966 Changed name to Brico Engineering because piston rings were no longer the principal product of the company[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. British Automobiles Overseas, Volume 50, 1959
  2. * A History of Brico from 1909 to 1959 (Company Golden Jubilee Publication).
  3. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  4. British Automobiles Overseas, Volume 50, 1959
  5. The Times 10 June 1947
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  7. 1963 Motor Show
  8. The Times, Feb 07, 1966