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Simplex Steel Conduit Co

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February 1901.
January 1902.
September 1902.

of Coventry Street, Birmingham

1898 Simplex steel conduit invented[1] by a Mr Waterhouse; the steel conduits were used for carrying electric cables[2].

1898 Simplex Steel Conduits company formed.

1901 Catalogue issued [3]

1903 Opened premises at 165a, West-George-street, Glasgow under the management of D. G. Brooks.[4]

1905 the company moved to larger premises in Garrison Lane, Birmingham, which became the Head Office for a rapidly expanding network of factories and offices in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Swansea and Bristol[5].

1905 Advert for wiring conduit. (The Simplex Steel Conduit Company of 80 Digbeth, Birmingham and 20 Bucklersbury, London EC). [6]

1906 Simplex Conduits company was registered on 4 April, to acquire the business of the Simplex Steel Conduit Co. [7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. TI advert The Times, 20 February 1969
  2. Material relating to Simplex Electric Company Ltd [1]
  3. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 4
  4. The Engineer 1903/06/05, p 582
  5. Material relating to Simplex Electric Company Ltd [2]
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1905. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p19
  7. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908