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Sterling Cable Co

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September 1953.

of Enfield and of Aldermaston

1939 Ismay Cables disposed of works and plant.

1939[1] The Sterling Cable Company Ltd was incorporated.

1940 A. C. Cossor purchased the whole of the share capital of the company[2] and reorganised the company.

1942 Acquired Lancashire Cables Ltd; disposed of Sterling Batteries Ltd[3]

1946 Factory established at Aldermaston for Sterling Cable Co[4]

1948 Sterling Cable Co (Aldermaston) Ltd was formed by merging Sterling Cable Co and Lancashire Cables[5]. Public company - Sterling Cable Co - formed by renaming the Aldermaston company[6]. The operations at Enfield were transferred to Aldermaston[7]

1950 Serious fire at the Aldermaston premises[8]

1955 Was part of the Cossor group of companies[9]. New factory completed[10]

1957 Started to use the knowledge of extrusion to enter the plastic tube market[11]. Purchased Floyd and Partners (Cables) of Weston-super-Mare[12]

1959 The shares that were owned by A. C. Cossor would be quoted and some sold to the public[13]

1961 Electric cable manufacturers. 475 employees.

1961/2 Cossor Group was acquired by Raytheon, the United Kingdom subsidiary of the Raytheon Manufacturing Co of Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.

1964 New vertical extrusion plant at Newbury; new high voltage test facility[14]. Agreement with Glynwed to handle sales of mineral-insulated cable from Wednesbury Tube.

1968 Sterling was still a public company at this date

1975 Acquired Greengate Cables Ltd of Trafford Park, Manchester, specialising in rubber and elastomeric technology.

1983 The various companies were merged to form Sterling Greengate Cable Company Ltd.

1986 The Trafford Park factory was closed; some of its elastomeric business was transferred to Aldermaston.

1989 Raytheon sold the company to BICC

1990 Sterling Greengate was the sixth largest cablemaker in the United Kingdom. It employed 611 people. Mains cables were produced at Warrington; PVC armoured wiring, elastomeric wiring cables and small mains cables information, control and instrumentation cables were produced at Aldermaston.

1990 The MMC cleared the acquistion. BICC closed the Aldermaston factory and transferred the business to other factories in the group[15]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 21, 1948
  2. The Times, Jan 09, 1940
  3. The Times, Aug 26, 1943
  4. The Times July 3, 1946
  5. The Times, Mar 06, 1948
  6. The Times Jun 21, 1948
  7. The Times, Jun 21, 1948
  8. The Times, Sep 01, 1950
  9. The Times, Jan 11, 1955
  10. The Times, Sep 16, 1955
  11. The Times, Oct 04, 1957
  12. The Times, Sep 24, 1958
  13. The Times, Feb 16, 1959
  14. The Times, Sep 10, 1964
  15. The Times, July 14, 1990