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British Industrial History

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February 1937.
1938. Panther.
May 1939.
October 1948.
October 1949.
1950. 16 inch motor mower.
1950. Model Y mower.
Qualcast B1 Push Lawnmower restored.
Mower. Exhibit at Pearns Steam World.
Mower (detail). Exhibit at Pearns Steam World.
Motor Mower.

of Derby

1801 Company founded.

1920 Private company. The first Qualcast mowers were made by Derwent Foundry of Derby

1928 Company made public. Qualcast Ltd was formed as a separate company.

1937 Ironfounders. "Qualcast" Grey Iron Castings. [1]

1938 Absorbed Follows and Bate of Manchester, makers of handmowers

1948 Incorporating Crane Foundry Co.[2]

1958 Acquired H. Kaufmann, Suffolk-based lawnmower maker

1958 Acquired Suffolk Iron Foundry (1920) Ltd, maker of Suffolk Punch lawnmowers[3]; Sifbronze was a trading division of that company.

1961 Ironfounders and manufacturers of lawn mowers, kitchen furniture, lightweight tubular chairs, carpet sweepers, domestic appliances, pottery, jigs and tools and general engineering. 5,000 employees. [4]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Ferrous die castings. [5]

1965 Acquired Charles H. Pugh Ltd, maker of the Atco Mowers.

1967 Merger of Birmid Industries and Qualcast to form the public company Birmid Qualcast[6].

1982 Specialised in brake and tractor part product ranges.[7]

1988 The Birmid Qualcast group was acquired by Blue Circle who sold off the foundry divisions[8].

1991 The Derby site was closed with all activities transferred to Stowmarket. Atco-Qualcast was formed but the famous brand names were protected.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  2. 1948 Advertisement
  3. The Times, Apr 09, 1960
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. 1963 Motor Show
  6. The Times, 14 February 1967
  7. The Engineer 1982/03/04
  8. Qualcast website [1]