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Klaxon Co

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December 1911. Advert in French.
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Klaxon Co, of Birmingham, originally the British operating company of the Klaxon Company of USA

of 36 Blandford Street, London, W1. Telephone: Welbeck 8367/8/9. Telegraphic Address: "Klaxonet, London". (1937)

1909 Company founded.

1919 January. Advert for the Klaxon warning signal for vehicles. [1]

1921 Private company.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Fractional H.P. Motors and Geared Motor Units. Generators. Regulators. Relays. Transformers. Grinding Machines. Industrial Signals and Sirens. Fire and Burglar Alarms. Staff Locators. Electric and Hand Operated Horns. Push Buttons. Electric Sign Flashers. (Stand No. Cb.316) [2]

1947 Company made public.

By 1955 had been acquired by R. H. Windsor who put effort into developing the export opportunities for the company[3]

1956 Was a subsidiary of R. H. Windsor, plastics machinery manufacturer, when that company entered into close working arrangement with Camp Bird[4].

1958 Klaxon Co and R. H. Windsor were acquired by Webley and Scott[5]

1961 Electrical engineers and manufacturers of fractional H.P. motors, warning signals and windscreen wipers. [6]

Klaxon USA

1908 Miller Reese Hutchison patented the mechanism of the klaxon.

The Lovell-McConnell Manufacturing Co. of Newark, New Jersey bought the rights to the device. Franklyn Hallett Lovell Jr. coined the name klaxon from the Ancient Greek.

1918 General Motors acquired Klaxon along with other component suppliers. Klaxons became standard equipment on General Motors cars.

The English company, Klaxon Signals Ltd., has been based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, for the last 80 years, with premises also in Birmingham.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar of 4th January 1919 p26
  2. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 381
  3. The Times, Nov 01, 1955
  4. The Times, 15 February 1956
  5. The Times, Jun 19, 1959
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE