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Lloyd's British Testing Co

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Lloyd's British Testing Co of Netherton, near Dudley.

1900 Amalgamation of Lloyd's Tyne Public Chain and Anchor Testing Co Limited with Lloyd's Staffordshire Proving House Co, Limited; Lloyds Cambrian Chain and Anchor Co, Limited; the Glasgow Anchor and Chain Cable and Testing Co, Limited; the various companies were wound up voluntarily and replaced by a new company with the name of Lloyds British Testing Co; Sir Benjamin Hingley represented the new company[1]

1900 The company was registered on 2 April, to acquire the businesses of four companies. [2]. Formed in response to recent legislation regarding the safety of anchors and cable, the business had a large N. Hingley and Sons shareholding and Hingley representation on its board.

1971 A tester and hirer of lifting equipment. Acquired by Close Brothers[3]

1974 Was a subsidiary of Francis Sumner; sold H. Cox (Plant Hire) Ltd, Hiracrane Ltd, and depots at Coventry and Truro[4]

1977 Acquired by Davy International; became part of subsidiary Herbert Morris[5]

1988 Davy acquired 2 US crane companies which would expand the activities of the Lloyds British Testing[6]

1991 Trafalgar House, after acquiring Davy, sold Lloyds British Testing to Kone Corporation of Finland[7]

2002 Floated on the AIM market[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 6 Feb 1900
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The Times, Feb 16, 1971
  4. The Times, Jul 06, 1974
  5. The Times, Sep 26, 1977
  6. The Times, December 23, 1988
  7. The Times, October 09, 1991
  8. The Times, July 29, 2002