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Glacier Metal Co

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September 1913.
January 1920.
November 1926. Findlay's Motor Metal.
August 1933.
April 1947.
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of Alperton, Wembley

1899 Company founded.

1911 Issued catalogue. Anti-friction material. (The Glacier Anti-Friction Metal Company of London)

1912 Exhibitor at the Non-Ferrous Metals Exhibition at the Royal Agricultural Halls[1].

1928 Private company.

1935 Company made public.

1937 Bearing and bearing metal manufacturers. "Findlay's" Motor Metals. "Glacier" Metals and Bearings.

1945 Advert for bearing metal.

1961 Manufacturers of plain bearings of all types for petrol and diesel engines, turbines, compressors, fans, machine tools and pumps; also produce centrifugal oil cleaners. 3,900 employees.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Bearings and bushes for engines and chassis.

1965 Acquired by Associated Engineering Group[2]

1966 The company had supplied factories for making thin bearings to Roumania and East Germany[3].

1968 New factory extension at Kilmarnock. Other factories at Wembley and Chard.

1969 Review of Glacier Institute of Management which for some years had been using organisational research to improve company performance as well as provide training for third-parties[4]

1973 Glacier was involved in developing a proposal for a mini-steel mill at Hartlepool[5].

1974 Developed in conjunction with Daido Metal of Japan, a whitemetal bearing material which offered very fine grain structure over a wide range of cooling rates.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 19 June 1912
  2. The Times 19 October 1965
  3. The Times 3 June 1966
  4. The Times 28 July 1969
  5. The Times, 8 February 1973
  6. The Engineer 1974/05/23