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Cementation Co

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Cementation Co of Bentley Works, Doncaster.

The company was established by Albert Francois, a Belgian who had been striving to improve grouting associated with shaft sinking for coal mining, as the Francois Cementation Company based at Doncaster in 1910.[1]

The company began to struggle and was in need of strong direction. One of the board members John A. Agnew of Consolidated Goldfields South Africa asked his son-in-law, Abram Rupert Neelands a Canadian mining engineer to look over the company and report its prospects. Rupert produced a report which was forwarded to the board. The shareholders were impressed and asked Rupert if he could commit to the company. The offer was accepted on the basis he had 'full charge and complete control'. Rupert took over management of the business in 1921. [2]

1941 The company was renamed The Cementation Company.

During World War II it undertook the grouting of 15 runways and in the 1950s it undertook grouting for several major dams including the Kariba Dam on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the Dukan Dam in Iraq.

By 1960 The Cementation Group was an international mining, civil engineering and specialist engineering group of companies with operations worldwide[3]

1960 Advert for reinforced concrete underground.

1967 Acquired Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co.

1970 The Cementation Company was acquired by Trafalgar House.

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The Times June 17, 1960
  • Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p227