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R. B. Pullin and Co

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May 1943
September 1945.
January 1952.
September 1956.
March 1957.
December 1960.

Electrical engineers and scientific instrument makers, of Phoenix Works, Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex

1932 Company founded in West Ealing.

1935 Moved to purpose-built factory on the Great West Road, Brentford.

1937 Public company[1]

1937 Scientific instrument manufacturers including gyroscopes and auto-pilots. [2]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1939 Rights issue to fund the establishment of Pullin Optical Co at a new factory outside London[3]. This was a response to many requests from official and outside sources that the company should involve itself in scientific optical business[4]

1940 Had acquired 2 businesses which would have peace-time potential as well as helping Pullin in its war work - Measuring Instruments (Pullin) Ltd, (Electrin Works, Acton) which made measuring instruments of all types, and S. A. Fane of High Wycombe which made furniture and would be extended to make cabinets[5]

1951 Acquired an interest in Stanley Cox Ltd[6]

1953 Had started to develop electro-medical technology[7]

1954 Acquired the remainder of Stanley Cox Ltd, leader in electro-medical apparatus[8]

1955 Acquired Donvin Instruments Ltd, repairers of instruments, and a multi-storey building in London to act as showrooms[9].

1956. September. Mr W. A. Burnside (see image at right) was made sales manager of the company. He trained as an engineer and had had 25 years' association with the aircraft industry. He served in the RAF during the War and retired in 1947 as a wing commander.[10]

1957 Rights issue to fund acquisition of Aldis Brothers and its associated company Automatic Changers[11].

1959 Rights issue to fund acquisition of Neville Brown and Co and Milbro Photographic[12]

1961 Engaged as gyroscopic engineers and scientific instrument makers, manufacturing photographic apparatus and accessories and medical and physiotherapy equipment. 850 employees. [13]

1964 Rank Organisation bid for R. B. Pullin and Co[14]

1964 Stanley Cox, a subsidiary of R. B. Pullin and Co, became part of Rank Medical Equipment[15]

Became part of Rank Precision Industries

1988 Rank sold the Rank Pullin Controls thermal imaging business and the related military thermography business of Rank Taylor Hobson to GEC. Rank Pullin Controls would concentrate on industrial metrology[16].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times 8 March 1937
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. The Times 26 January 1940
  4. The Times 20 January 1939
  5. The Times 31 January 1941
  6. The Times 12 March 1954
  7. The Times 20 March 1953
  8. The Times 12 March 1954
  9. The Times 16 March 1956
  10. Aeroplane and Astronautics Magazine Sept 28th 1956
  11. The Times 15 February 1957
  12. The Times 23 April 1959
  13. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  14. The Times 9 June 1964
  15. The Times 12 October 1964
  16. The Times 20 April 1988