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Lucas Varity

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Chronology of this group:

1996 Lucas Industries merger with the Varity Corporation of America to become LucasVarity plc[1]. Note: The first part of the Varity name is from the founder's initials - Victor. A. Rice

1997 Sold VarityPerkins diesel engines business to its largest customer, Caterpillar[2]. The company was left with 3 main areas of business:

  • Braking systems
  • Other automotive (including diesel systems)
  • Aerospace components

1999 LucasVarity was acquired by TRW, an American company, who were subsequently criticized for overpaying.

1999 TRW needed to recover some of the high price it had paid for LucasVarity and sold Lucas Aerospace's Burnley fabrication plant, and later sold the Lucas Diesel Systems company to Delphi Automotive Systems[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, October 09, 1996
  2. The Times, December 12, 1997
  3. The Times, November 24, 1999