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Aberdare Cables

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of Aberdare.

1935 Formed as a private company called Trevithick Weld Ltd[1]

A group of industrialists wanted to bring new industry to a deprived area of South Wales.

1937 The company was renamed Aberdare Cables Ltd and incorporated as a public company[2]; George Usher was chairman[3], he was also MD of International Combustion; a factory was built at Aberdare; production started in 1938[4].

1941 A subsidiary, South Wales Switchgear, was incorporated[5].

1948 Aberdare Electric Co, of Eire, represented the company in the Irish Republic; the company provided it with technical assistance[6]. A limited number of shares, mainly from those owned by International Combustion, were made available to the Stock Market[7]; demand was enthusiastic[8]. The directors were George Usher and Frederick Penny, chairman and MD respectively of International Combustion and John Pascoe, MD of British Timken

1950 Became private company.

1951 New holding company for the group was formed, named Aberdare Cable (Holdings) Ltd, as its interests expanded. Aberdare Cables would be one of its subsidiaries[9].

1954 Bought out the minority shareholders in South Wales Switchgear and Aberdare Engineering [10].

1955 John Pascoe became chairman.

1958 Company named changed to Aberdare Holdings to reflect its broader range of interests[11].

1961 Manufacturers of electric power cables. 340 employees. [12]

1971 Aberdare Holdings sold its cable making subsidiary to Pirelli-General Cable Works[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 10 May 1948
  2. The Times, 28 April 1958
  3. The Times, 15 May 1964
  4. The Times, 27 June 1939
  5. The Times, 10 May 1948
  6. The Times (London, England), Monday, May 10, 1948
  7. The Times 1 May 1948
  8. The Times 14 May 1948
  9. The Times, 26 April 1951
  10. The Times, 10 December 1954
  11. The Times, 28 April 1958
  12. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  13. The Times, 31 July 1971