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H. M. Hobson

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February 1903.
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September 1908. Claudel-Hobson Carburetter.
November 1908. Claudel-Hobson Carburetter.
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January 1912. Claudel-Hobson Carburettor.
October 1912. Claudel-Hobson Carburettor.
November 1912. Claudel-Hobson Carburettor.
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of 29 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW, agents for car makers and accessories.

of 47-55 The Vale, Acton, London (1937)

of Wolverhampton (1961), Flight control and engine control actuator makers.

1903 Company founded by Hamilton McArthur Hobson with George Cheeseman and Edward Auguste Hubert de Poorter as an agency for selling cycles.

1903 Agent for Wasse cars, also motorcycles and spark plugs

1906 Agent for Decauville cars

1907 Hobson 30 h.p. heavy lorry fitted with Jenatzy patent suspension.

1908 Produced a range of cars - see Red Book

1908 The Claudel-Hobson carburettor was fitted to the Decauville car. Introduced a 14-18 h.p. Nagant car.

1909 Pognon sparking plugs.

1913 Bougie Pognon announced they would shorten the name of the Hobson-Pognon plug to the Hobson plug. The name of Bougie Pognon will become H. M. Hobson.[1]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Delahaye, Excelsior (Belgium) and Hobson (Belgium) see the 1917 Red Book.

1915 Hobson Manufacturing Co set up at the same address.

1919 Claudel-Hobson carburettors.

1922 Managing Directors: Hamilton Hobson and Edward de Poorter. Directors: George Cheesman and Major T. P. Searight.

1927 Business moved to Acton Vale

1935 Public company formed as H. M. Hobson (Aircraft and Motor) Components which owned H. M. Hobson, Floats and Accuracy Works[2]

1937 Took on the carburettor shadow factory at Oldham[3]

1937 Manufacturers of carburettor and engine controls. "Claudel-Hobson" Carburettors. "Hobson" Automatic Engine Controls and Induction Pressure Boost Controls. "Hobson-Penn" Automatic Mixture Controls. [4]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1946 Name changed to H. M. Hobson Ltd

1947 Concentrated headquarters at Wolverhampton[5]

By 1952 Integral Ltd was a subsidiary[6]

1954 Demand for products for piston engines was expected to be affected by the increasing number of jet engines[7]

1957 Rapid development in the part of the business concerned with control of nuclear reactors and isotope-handling systems[8]

1958 Licensed remote handling equipment, and a pressure ratio control device for gas turbines from USA[9]

1961 Manufacturers of injection carburettors, fuel systems, powered flying controls, equipment for guided missiles, electro-mechanical control systems for atomic reactors, and liquid measuring gauges. 2,500 employees. [10]

1964 Was supplying components to a wide range of British-made civil and military planes, and providing after-sales service; had introduced the Mona-Hobson Tangential Grinder[11], developed jointly with the Secondo-Mona company of Italy.

1967 Resumed growth in profits after setback in previous year arising from cancellation of TSR.2 and AW-681[12].

1970 Acquired by Lucas[13]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Sphere - Saturday 01 November 1913
  2. The Times, Aug 30, 1935
  3. The Times, Jun 30, 1937
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. The Times, Feb 08, 1947
  6. The Times, Feb 19, 1952
  7. The Times, Mar 03, 1954
  8. The Times, Feb 21, 1957
  9. The Times, Feb 22, 1958
  10. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  11. The Times, Feb 24, 1964
  12. The Times, Jan 19, 1968
  13. The Times, Dec 19, 1969