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Joseph J. Armfield and Co

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June 1898.
February 1901.
1902. British Empire turbine.
January 1902.
January 1906.
September 1947.

Manufacturer of water turbines, of Vale of Avon Ironworks, Ringwood, Hants.

19th century: Ringwood works were established as a millwright's shop serving the flour-, paper-, and saw-mills situated on the local rivers

1876 New owner of the business continued the development of machinery for water-driven mills

1886 The firm designed and constructed their first water-turbine

By 1920s the manufacture of water-turbines, Pelton wheels and other kinds of hydraulic machinery was the principal business of the firm.

The company were pioneers in the transformation of flour mills from millstone to roller milling, and on the latter system they have installed several hundred plants. Besides hydraulic apparatus and flour-milling and grain-handling machinery, the company manufactured coffee machinery, coal pulverizers, and agricultural apparatus generally.

1974 Company restructured. The engineering Company continued, but was later absorbed into an international engineering group. A new Technical Education Equipment Division was formed, and subsequently bought by an international consortium specialising in engineering teaching equipment.

1981 Management buyout, forming Armfield Technical Education Equipment Company Ltd.

1989 Became Armfield Limited.

2019 Company website here.

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