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Mitchell Somers

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1963 Mitchell Somers formed from the merger of Mitchell, Shackleton and Co with Walter Somers, another forgemaster.[1].

1967 Formed new subsidiary, Pressure Dynamics, with F. Towler (previously of Towler Brothers) on the board[2].

1970 Also owned H. Fordsmith. Mitchell Somers was typically referred to as Worcestershire-based.

1973 Sold some parts of Pressure Dynamics to Towler Hydraulics. part of the Thorn group.

1974 Pressure Dynamics liquidated.

1975 Jessel Securities held 11 percent of the shares in Mitchell Somers.

1975 Johnson and Firth Brown held 25 percent of the shares in Mitchell Somers.

1977 Acquired Wolverhampton Die-Casting Co.

1978 Mitchell Somers bought 21 percent of the shares of F. H. Tomkins[3] but sold them in 1983.

1980 Purchase of assets from John Farbon and Co, dealers in certain household goods. Acquired Tritube Ltd.

1985 Sold Wolverhampton Die-Casting Co to Cookson after continued losses.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 17 December 1962
  2. The Times, 1 December 1967
  3. The Times, 21 February 1978