Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

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May 1962.
July 1962.
September 1962.
1964. Wood Lane research and development laboratory.
1964. Machining of the guide vane bush holes.
1964. Guide vane assembly.
1964. Birlec-Granco gas-fired rapid-heating furnace.

of Tyburn Road, Erdington, Birmingham.

of Aldridge, Staffs.

formerly Birlec.

1954 September. Birlec bought by AEI.[1]

1956 Commenced building a new factory at Aldridge, Staffs.[2]

1958 Agreement with Efco to form a joint venture Birlec-Efco (Melting) to design and manufacture electric furnaces for the ferrous and non-ferrous industries, and smelting furnaces and induction heating equipment[3]

1968 After the take-over of AEI by GEC all of Birlec's activities were concentrated at Aldridge[4]

1968 Electroslag refining plant supplied to Samuel Osborn and Co [5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 25th September 1954
  2. The Times, 2 October 1956
  3. The Times, Sep 24, 1958
  4. The Times , July 30, 1968
  5. The Engineer 1968/01/05 p16