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Davidson and Co

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June 1898.
August 1899.
February 1901.
1901. Sirocco Fan
1904. Electric fan at Pelton Colliery.
February 1911.
1911. Sirocco fan.
February 1913.
October 1912.
September 1915. Sirocco.
December 1929.
February 1931. Sirocco.
1933. Vacuum Smoke-Box Cleanser at Willesden depot of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
1939. Ernest Newell and Co Contractors.
April 1952.
October 1952.
1955. Air Washer.
1955. Ventilation ducts in factory.

of Sirocco Works, Belfast.

of St. Nicholas Buildings, Newcastle-on-Tyne (1937).

Manufacturers of tea-drying machinery and the "Sirocco" fan.

1881 Company founded by Samuel Davidson in Belfast, developing machinery for processing tea.

1898 Private company.

1898 Samuel Davidson invented the forward-bladed centrifugal fan - the "Sirocco" fan.

1926 Davidson patented a mechanical dust collector.

1927 Received an order from the Durban Navigation Collieries of South Africa an order to supply one of the most power mine fans yet constructed. It is to be capable of dealing with 700,000 cubic feet of air per minute against a resistance of 7in. of water gauge, and it will require a steam engine of 1200 horse-power to drive it.[1]

1937 Fan manufacturers. "Aeroto" Screw-type Fans. "Sirocco" Centrifugal Fans [2]

1961 Engineers and iron founders, specialising in the manufacture of fans for all purposes, air conditioning, dust collecting and pneumatic conveyance plant, and tea estate machinery. 1,300 employees. [3]

1988 Acquired by James Howden and Co. The company included Berry, Sturtevant, American Blower, Ventilateurs Neu, and Airtech.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • History of James Howden [1]