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Redman Tools and Products

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1938 Company founded[1] by Albert Redman who developed a new way of forming bumpers for cars using hydraulic roll forming.

Post-WWII Concentrated on development of machine tools

Produced interchangeable press tool units under the Unitool brand name

1964 Public placing of shares in Redman Tools on the Birmingham Stock Exchange[2]

1965 The company's custom tools were used by most motor manufacturers in Britain and Europe[3]

1965 Acquired Press Equipment and Press Guards[4] of Hockley, Birmingham, and Direct Vulcanizing Co[5]

1966 Acquired Salt Engineering Co (Coventry)[6]

c.1966 Acquired family-owned company of Broughton, maker of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and electronic controls, with factories at King's Norton and Hockley[7]

1967 Acquired the share and loan interest of Coventry Gauge in Humphris and Sons of Poole[8]

1967 Acquired Newick Engineering of Worcester[9]

1968 Acquired Star Engineering of Malvern[10]

1968 Acquired Prendiside from the liquidators of B. and K. Machinery[11]

1968 merger of Redman Tools and Heenan Group by one-for-one share offer for Heenan by Redman[12] forming Redman Heenan International.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Sep 21, 1964
  2. The Times, Sep 05, 1964
  3. The Times, Feb 19, 1965
  4. The Times, Aug 04, 1965
  5. The Times, Aug 27, 1965
  6. The Times, Apr 09, 1966
  7. The Times, Jan 28, 1971
  8. The Times , Jul 18, 1967
  9. The Times, Dec 06, 1967
  10. The Times, Jun 05, 1968
  11. The Times Aug 08, 1968
  12. The Times, 30 July 1968