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Mavor and Coulson

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1902. Electrically worked coal cutting machine.
1931. Belt Conveyor For Coal.
1933.Transportable Loader.
1951. Advert for belt conveyor driving gear and sectional belt conveyors.
February 1959. Conveyors.
1960. Advert for belt conveyors and idlers.
1960. Advert for belt conveyors and idlers.
Sampson Undercutter detail, located at Mining Museum, Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Sampson Undercutter located at Mining Museum, Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Mavor and Coulson, manufacturers of mining equipment and conveyers, of Bridgeton, Glasgow.

1881 Company founded as electrical engineers - Muir and Mavor

1889 Muir, Mavor and Coulson installed a central electricity station in Little Hamilton St, near George Sq, Glasgow, to light nearby buildings; it was capable of lighting 3000 8 candle power lamps at a price of 3d per kWh[1]

By 1891 The firm had become Mavor and Coulson[2]

1894 Series wound motor.

1897 Private company.

1897 Started to build electric coal-cutting machines. They were the first to manufacture a completely enclosed electric coal-cutter and the first to incorporate an ironclad motor in one of these machines.

1900 Details of an electrically-driven oil pump.

1900 Manufactured motor-driven boosters for the Port Dundas electricity works in Glasgow.

Early 1900s: Archibald Page joined the company after completing college[3]. In 1905 he moved to Port Dundas Generating Station as junior engineer.

1908 Began to manufacture underground conveyors and loaders

1909 Demonstration of electrical drive for ship propulsion.[4]

1910 Commissioned a steel vessel from McLaren Brothers of Dumbarton to demonstrate the electric drive[5]

1911 Crossley Brothers engine and dynamo combination to drive an electric transmission for a boat.

1925 Mr Geoffrey M. Gullick who has been general manager of their mining department for between four and five years, was appointed director of the company.[6]

Mavor and Coulson developed gate end loaders, coal cutters and many types of conveyors, followed by armoured face conveyors, gathering arm loaders, continuous miners and roadheaders.

1926 Installed the first large-scale troughed belt conveyor underground in Britain

1931 Formed M. and C. Switchgear at Kirkintilloch.

1940 Advert for sectional belt conveyors.

1945 Advert for sectional belt conveyors.

1948 Company made public.

Late 1950s: acquired Austin Hoy with its associate Hoy Carbides to provide a source of hard metal cutting elements, cutting chains and picks for its own machines and others.

1961 Engineers and manufacturers of underground mining equipment and mechanical handling appliances for surface applications, makers of Samson coal cutters, loaders and conveyors. 2,000 employees.[7]

1966 Anderson Boyes merged with Mavor and Coulson under the name of Anderson Mavor Ltd. Rationalisation of activities began

1968 Bucket-wheel excavator.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 22, 1889
  2. IEE Membership form for William Coulson
  3. The Times, Mar 08, 1949
  4. The Times, Aug 25, 1909
  5. The Times, Aug 10, 1910
  6. The Engineer 1925/08/21
  7. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • The Engineer of 21st September 1894 p262
  • The Engineer of 6th July 1900 p16
  • The Engineer of 14th September 1900 p260
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p162 & p164
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p196 & p198
  • The Engineer of 12th January 1968 p70
  • Competition Commission [1]