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Manufacturer of filters, and silencers, of Putney, later of Guildford

1920 Company founded as C. G. Vokes of Putney

1936 Public company incorporated to acquire, as a going concern, C. G. Vokes[1]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

WWII Designed and produced 3,000 types of filter for the Services[2]. Manufactured parts for the De Havilland Mosquito[3]

1956 Acquired Stream-Line Filters[4].

1957 Acquired J. E. Hanger and Co Ltd of Roehampton, makers of artificial legs and orthopaedic appliances which, together with that of Vessa Ltd, would make the company the largest producer of such in Europe and the Empire; the 2 subsidiaries would continue operating independently[5]

1958 Acquired Robert Kellie and Son of Dundee and Ray-Heet (Process Plant) Ltd[6], continuing the policy of diversification.

1961 Lost a bid for Sterling Industries in face of cash offered by Cayzer interests[7]

1961 Manufacturers of filtration and silencing equipment for atomic energy, industrial concerns, diesel engines, bacteriological and aircraft. Specialists in air intake filter silencers, oil and fuel filters for motor, diesel engines and aircraft. Producers of the Vokes "Renovair" filtration unit. 1,250 employees. [8]

1969 Agreement to merge with Brecknell, Dolman and Rogers (BDR), both having interests in food processing machinery and vending equipment; Vokes issued its shares to Brecknell shareholders[9]; subsequently found problems with conversion of existing vending machines to accept decimal coinage[10]

1971 Continued problems with BDR led to factory closure at Bristol[11]

1972 Problems at BDR continued; Thomas Tilling made a take-over bid[12] which was accepted.

1973 Highland Electronics acquired Brecknell Redcliffe from Vokes[13]

1974 Sold Cardwell Machine, UK to Swedish Match[14]

2000 Vokes Filtration was acquired by Mcleod Russel Holdings, the filtration company[15]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 09, 1936
  2. The Times, Jan 31, 1946
  3. Mosquito by C. Martin Sharp and Michael J. F. Bowyer. Published by Crecy Books in 1995. ISBN 0-947554-41-6
  4. The Times, Sep 08, 1956
  5. The Times, Dec 19, 1957
  6. The Times, Dec 19, 1958
  7. The Times, Jul 08, 1961
  8. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  9. The Times, Jun 20, 1969
  10. The Times, Sep 18, 1970
  11. The Times, Aug 28, 1971
  12. The Times, Oct 14, 1972
  13. The Times, Jul 14, 1973
  14. The Times, Jan 23, 1974
  15. The Times, January 28, 2000