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British Industrial History

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April 1933.
November 1933.
December 1933. Vac Tric.
January 1934.
December 1934.
April 1935.
April 1939.
May 1939.
May 1939.
1951. LHS.
1951. RHS.
September 1953.
December 1956.
May 1957.
Vactric Back Pack Vacuum cleaner.
Vactric Back Pack Vacuum cleaner. Detail 1.
Vactric Back Pack Vacuum cleaner. Detail 2.

of Cricklewood (1934)

of Sloane Street, London

1924 Company formed to manufacture electric vacuum cleaners[1]

1929 Moved to larger factory

1931 Enlarged the factory

1932 Started to make refrigerators.

1934 Public company incorporated to acquire the company. Maker of Vac-tric cleaners. Refrigerators had been discontinued

1946 Factory moved to Scotland which, combined with reversion to peace-time work, considerably distrupted the company's business[2]

1952 Due to drop in demand, production was discontinued at the Newhouse, Scotland factory and production facilities elsewhere were sought[3]

1955 Strengthened the business by rehousing the service and precision control motor departments and expanding the precision tool section[4]

1957 Introduced electric washing machines[5]

1958 Sold its hire purchase subsidiary[6]

1960 Vactric (Precision Tools) Ltd and Vactric (Control Equipment) Ltd traded profitably but the domestic appliances activities lost so much money that the group made a loss[7]

1960 October: Receivers appointed[8]. Direct selling of appliances was stopped[9]

1961 Manufacturers of small electric motors, floor polishers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. [10]

1961 Vactric (Precision Tools) Ltd and Vactric (Control Equipment) Ltd were acquired by the News of the World Organisation[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 10, 1934
  2. The Times, May 24, 1946
  3. The Times, Sep 18, 1952
  4. The Times, Jul 14, 1955
  5. The Times, Dec 12, 1957
  6. The Times, Sept 26 , 1958
  7. The Times, Sep 16, 1960
  8. The Times, Oct 08, 1960
  9. The Times, Oct 21, 1960
  10. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  11. The Times, Sep 15, 1961