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C. C. Wakefield ‘Brillia’ flare light at the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester
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Carbic Ltd of 51 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1, and Thornhill, Yorks.

1903 C. C. Wakefield and Co introduced (?) Carbic cake.

1910 C. C. Wakefield and Co claimed Carbic cake to be an improved method of packaging the ingredients for making acetylene[1]. Exhibited patented Carbic acetylene lamp at exhibition at Olympia.

1910 Carbic Ltd floated as a new public company to acquire the business of making Carbic cake, the factory at Thornhill, Yorkshire and the trademarks (including Carbric, Brillia, Setlene, etc) and patent rights from C. C. Wakefield and Co[2].

1914 Directors: Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield (Chairman), Walter F. Reid, F.I.C., F.C.S., W. M. Letts and James Browne.

1914 Acetylene Lighting and Welding Specialists. Specialities: Generators and Generating Plants for House, Street, Motor Car and other forms of lighting by the Carbic System. Also portable Flarelights for Contractor's use. Employees 50. [3]

1928 Company made private.

1937 Manufacturers of oxy-acetylene welding plant. "Carbic" Cakes and Generators. "Chameleon" Welding Rods. "Gussolite" Welding Rods. [4]

1961 Acetylene specialists. [5]

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