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1909. Roko Belting.
March 1909. Roko Belting and Karmal Packing.
June 1923. Radio.
May 1925.
November 1926.
December 1929. Don brake linings.
March 1930.
October 1931.
October 1936.
July 1943.
November 1943
November 1944
March 1945.
January 1946.
October 1945/May 1947/November 1947.
April/December 1947.
February 1948.
March 1948.
April 1948.
June 1948.
November 1950.
1951. Advert for 'Karmel' steam and hydraulic packing, grooved 'Roko' belting and 'Don' friction fabrics.
April 1951.
May 1951.
January 1952. Scammell.
January 1952. Don-Flex.
February 1952.
March 1952.
April 1952.
May 1952.
August 1952.
November 1954. Don.
October 1955.
November 1957.
November 1958.
May 1961.
May 1962.
July 1962.
May 1964.
November 1968. Don.

of Hendham Vale Works, Manchester and 16 High Street, Wimbledon

of Hendham Vale Works, Manchester, 9. Telephone: COLlyhurst 2511/5. Telegraphic Address: "Packless, Manchester". (1937)

1881 Company founded as Frictionless Engine Packing Company

1895 Private company.

1907 Name changed.

1913 Manufacturer of brake and clutch linings and a range of quality friction materials.

1927 Advert for belting, packing and linings.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. "Grooved Roko" 100 prt cent. Pure Camels Hair Warp Belting. "Karmal" Engine Packings. "Roko" Webbings, Listings, and Spindle Tapes. "Karmal" and "Fepco" Jointings. "K-P" Packing Rings, "Railite" Packings, Jointings, and Hose, etc. (Stand No. D.311 and D.210).[1]

1944 Advert for Don-Flex clutch discs. Makers of Don brake linings.

1945 Advert for 'Karmel' steam and hydraulic packing; Grooved 'Roko' belting and 'Don' friction fabrics.

1946 Company made public.

1958 Patent - Improvements in the production of packings, bearings and fabrics, the surface of which is required to have a low co-efficient of friction.

The company estimates that in 1958 it held about 10 per cent of the total market. It had a licence agreement with American Brakeshoe Company for the provision of technical information.

1960 Cape acquired Small and Parkes which had some OEM business in car brake linings but was hindered by lack of capital. Arrangement with American Brakeshoe was terminated. The technical department was strengthened. Cape invested to increase capacity to attract OEMs.

1961 Belting and brake lining manufacturers. Makers of Don brake and clutch linings, Don-Flex patent clutch disc, grooved Roko power transmission beltings, Karmal steam and hydraulic packings, Roko webbings and spindle tapes. 1,100 employees.[2]

1962 Merge of Cape's other friction materials subsidiary (Capasco Ltd) with Small and Parkes

1963 Manufacture of friction materials within Cape was concentrated at the Manchester factory.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Don and Capasco brake and clutch linings.[3]

1965 The company entered into technical collaboration with Rane Brake Linings, Manchester, UK for a period of 10 years from 1st July, in relation to Don linings and clutch facings and right to use the trade, mark "DON" in brake and clutch linings.

1974 Became part of Cape Asbestos Co's Automotive and Engineering Products Division.[4].

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p85
  • The Modern Diesel edited by Geoffrey Smith. Published by Iliffe and Sons 1944
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p174
  • [1] Wikipatents
  • [2] ICICI Direct