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Ransome Hoffmann Pollard Co

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Ransome Hoffmann Pollard Co were bearing manufacturers.

1969 The Industrial Reorganisation Corporation supported the formation of a new bearings group Ransome Hoffmann Pollard Co by amalgamating Ransome and Marles Bearing Co, Pollard Ball and Roller Bearing Co and Hoffmann Manufacturing Co[1].

1974 I. H. Owen appointed as managing director of RHP's industrial bearings division. He was previously director and general manager of the transmission and automotive division.[2]

1974 Opened its fully automated production line for ball bearings which it spent £2,500,000 which was understood at the time to be the largest single capital investment project in the engineering industry.[3]

1974 Acquired MTE

1980 Acquired Technograph and Telegraph to extend the electrical diversification further[4]

1982 By now it was a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand. It was stated RHP held the biggest share of business with BL sending five million bearings a year to the company for clutches, gearboxes and wheelhubs.[5]

1985 Bid for Muirhead, maker of facsimile machines and electronic components, especially for the defence industry, which RHP said would be a useful further extension into electricals [6]

1986 Acquired the capacitor business of Salford Electrical Instruments, and two fire and explosion control companies from Allegheny International - Graviner and Deugra of Germany[7] [8]. Sold Muirhead Data Communications to the Crosfield Electronics subsidiary of De La Rue[9]

1987 Awarded the 1986 Natwest Engineering Marketing Award[10]

1987 Management buy-in of the bearings division, Britain's largest bearings manufacturer[11] - see United Precision Industries

1988 The remainder of RHP was merged into a new company Pilgrim House formed by acquiring Burgess Group[12]

1990 NSK of Japan acquired full ownership of the UPI Group (RHP brand) of Nottingham, Britain’s largest bearing manufacturer.[13]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 14 October 1969
  2. The Engineer 1974/03/07
  3. The Engineer 1974/06/20
  4. The Times, Jul 10, 1980
  5. The Engineer 1982/02/25
  6. The Times , Apr 25, 1985
  7. The Times, February 18, 1986
  8. The Times, December 12, 1986
  9. The Times, May 23, 1986
  10. The Times, June 06, 1987
  11. The Times, December 22, 1987
  12. The Times, October 10, 1988
  13. NSK website [1]