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Hackbridge Cable Co

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of Kelvin Works, Hackbridge, Surrey, manufacturer and suppliers of cable to public utilities and commercial undertakings

1917 Incorporated as a private company.

1917 Company made public.

1939 Work on fuel injection equipment for diesel engines, which had been carried out for 2 years and was a significant drain on the company's finances, ceased at the outbreak of war.

Post-WWII Acquired the cable factory at Woolwich which had been seized from Siemens during the war; gave an undertaking not to resell the Siemens name for 20 years[1]

1947 Acquired Bryce Electric Construction Co and Mitcham Motor Co, haulage contractors[2]

1948 Hackbridge Cable Holdings Ltd formed as a public company to acquire Hackbridge Cable Co[3].

Post-WWII Acquired the Siemens cable factory at Woolwich

1955 Acquired Bryce-Siemens[4].

1956 Hackbridge Cable Holdings changed its name to Hackbridge Holdings[5]

1961 Cable makers and electrical engineers.

1961 Formed new subsidiary Kelvin Metal Industries to carry out metal fabrication for the group and outside customers[6]

1967 AEI took over the company at the same time as English Electric was also acquiring a company involved in transformers[7].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 05, 1968
  2. The Times, 13 September 1948
  3. The Times, 13 September 1948
  4. The Times 26 September 1955
  5. The Times, Aug 31, 1956
  6. The Times Sep 29, 1961
  7. The Times, 13 May 1967