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Central Manufacturing and Trading

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of Halesowen Road, Dudley

Steel stockholders, metal processors, tubes, fittings and fabrications, light engineering, drop forging and castings, industrial services.

c.1935 Company incorporated[1]

1957 Share placing on Birmingham Stock Exchange[2]

1968 Acquired Midland Iron Group of Cradley Heath[3].

1969 Acquired Fletcher Houston[4]

1970 Acquired Motive Electric Services, and Norton Industries of Wolverhampton[5], A. Wells, makers of toys and plastic housewares[6], Perks and Stokes, scrap merchants. All iron and steel activities were concentrated in the Norton business. Acme Conveyors and Construction of Kingswinford were part of the group.

By 1971 Bromford Spring Co and Kelo Spring Co were parts of the group[7]. Acquired H. E. Dean and Co, makers of small die castings[8]

1972 Acquired Fursland and Presdee[9]. Acquired Douglas Munro and Co, assemblers of commercial vehicle bodies[10]

1973 Shut Forgings and Fasteners (Wales) as the drop forging division continued to lose money[11].

1980 Sold British and Midland Stampings to Hill and Smith[12]. Hanson Trust had been working with the company for 18 months to address the losses[13] but when Hanson made a bid it was refused by the board[14].

1981 The bid from Hanson was not supported[15]

1981 A bid from a subsidiary of the Caparo investment company succeeded[16]

1986 CMT Engineering was established at Cradley Heath, West Midlands. (2013) 4 operating companies in engineering and manufacture of pipe fittings, anti-vibration mounts (inclduing Equiflex), insulation components, and thermoplastic clamps for both new and replacement applications[17].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 04, 1967
  2. The Times, Nov 28, 1957
  3. The Times, Feb 08, 1968
  4. The Times, Jan 15, 1969
  5. The Times, Feb 11, 1970
  6. The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jun 27, 1970
  7. The Times, Jan 04, 1971
  8. The Times, Dec 22, 1971
  9. The Times, Jan 03, 1972
  10. The Times, Dec 19, 1973
  11. The Times, Oct 31, 1973
  12. The Times, Mar 24, 1980
  13. The Times, Dec 04, 1980
  14. The Times, Dec 31, 1980
  15. The Times, Jan 07, 1981
  16. The Times Mar 26, 1981
  17. CMT Engineering [1]
  • The Times, May 14, 1976