of Eastern Works, Birmingham, motor accessory engineers.(1932)
of Amington Road, Tyseley, Rushey Lane, Tyseley, and Camden Street, Birmingham, and at North Acton (1949)
1927 Breeden converted the company into the Wilmot Breeden company at Eastern Works (see advert), to make metal goods, including motor accessories.
1937 Aeronautical engineers.
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers
1948 Private company. Supplier of many accessories for motor vehicles
1949 Advert. Locking petrol cap
1949 January: private company incorporated as Wilmot Breeden (Holdings) Ltd which was formed to acquire the business and assets of Accessory Developments Ltd. Directors included Carl L. Breeden, of Wilmot Breeden Ltd, John P. Wilmot of Accessory Developments Ltd, Lionel F. Herbert of Morris Commercial Cars, Hubert A. Meredith, of Philip Hill and Partners Ltd and David L. Breeden, a director of Wayne Kerr Laboratories Ltd.
1949 July: Public company incorporated; published statement that the company had been formed to acquire business of the same name which manufactures various metal goods, including for the motor industry. Directors; Carl Louis Breeden, Lionel Francis Herbert, Hubert Angelo Meredith, David Lucas Breeden, Miles Lucas Breeden.
1952 5,000 employees.
1958 Wilmot Breeden acquired (majority of) the Ferrograph Company Ltd; the other subsidiary was Telehoist Ltd, hydraulics company . Wilmot Breeden added higher powered amplifiers, radio tuners and monitor loudspeakers to Ferrograph's range of products.
1961 Products of the group are mainly comprising components parts and assemblies for the following industrial divisions: motor vehicles; domestic appliances; aircraft engines and stationary gas turbines; hydraulics; electronics; air-conditioning and pneumatic conveying installations; petroleum, chemical, nuclear and industrial process plant. 9,000 group employees.
1961 Acquired 45 percent of S. A. F. E. of Turin, an automotive components maker, which would in future make components designed by Wilmot Breeden in Birmingham
1963 Motor Show exhibitor. All types of car components
1977 Falling sales resulted in heavy financial losses for Ferrograph. In order to safeguard jobs the National Enterprise Board arranged a marriage between Ferrograph and North East Audio Ltd (NEAL). Wilmot Breeden sold the Ferrograph company for £500K. Other parts of Wilmot Breedon were also in trouble. In January 1977, the Wayne-Kerr division went onto a 3 day week "due to a run down in orders". Although short-time working at Wayne Kerr only lasted for 3 months, the electronics division made losses of nearly £500k due partly to Ferrograph and partly to Rendar.
NEAL took on the production of the whole Ferrograph product range except for the ARA1 cathode ray tube response unit.
1978 In response to the oil crisis, Wilmot Breeden (Holdings) was finally split into 2 companies: WB Bumpers to operate the Tyseley factories and Wilmot Breeden to handle the mechanisms and merchandising side of the Stirchley factory.
Sources of Information
- The Times, 3 June 1952
- The Times Sept. 26, 1933
- The Times, 7 October 1936
- The Times, 8 January 1949
- The Times, 27 July 1949
- The Times Jun 03, 1952
- The Times, 3 June 1952
- The Times 26 March 1954
- The Times, 15 June 1954
- The Times, 16 June 1955
- The Times, 2 April 1958
- The Times, 12 June 1958
- The Times, 11 June 1959
- The Times Dec. 8, 1961
- The Times May 18, 1978
- The Times, 4 January 1978
- The Times, 16 June 1980
- Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0
- The Autocar of 19th August 1949 Advert outside read cover