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Associated Automation

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of Dudden Hill Lane, Willesden, London

1921 Hall Telephone Accessories was formed as private company to make telephone coin boxes, automatic stamp and ticket selling machines.

1928 Became public company - Hall Telephone Accessories (1928). Frederick William Hall was technical adviser[1]

1929 Acquired Thomas Watson and Sons, supplier to the Post Office and the Government[2]

1938 New factory opened at Dowlais which would be used for Government work[3]

WWII Munitions work; towards the end of the war started making agricultural machinery in conjunction with Harrison, McGregor and Guest whose chairman had joined the board[4]

1945 Name changed to H.T.A. Ltd[5]

1947 AGM told that the GPO was still the most important customer, for whom the company was developing new lines; expected to establish a rentals business; still retained the shares in Harrison, McGregor and Guest Ltd to whom had sold the Dowlais factory[6]

1948 Name changed to Hall Telephone Accessories[7]

1949 Products included totalisator equipment[8]

1955 Had developed bottle vending machines used by Coca-Cola and others; expansion by acquisition of adjacent factory[9]

1955 Entered the field of automation, electronics and instrumentation by acquiring James Gordon and Co

1956 Name changed to Associated Automation with directors including Sir Robert Watson-Watt and Mr A. Sperry of Panellit Inc; Hall Telephone Accessories would continue as a subsidiary serving its existing customers[10]

1956 Acquired Electroflo Meters Co[11]

1957 Elliott Automation issued shares to the shareholders of Elliott Brothers and Associated Automation to effect a merger of the 2 companies, forming 'the largest automation and instrumentation company in Europe' Elliott Automation Group[12].

1961 Manufacturers of telephone coin collecting machines, postage stamp machines and a patent type of self sealing cash box for the British Post Office, platform ticket issuing machines for British Railways, automatic bottle and commodity vending machines. Also manufacture office machinery, including duplicating machines, adding and listing machines. 850 employees. [13]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jan 25, 1928
  2. The Times Feb 12, 1929
  3. The Times, Mar 04, 1938
  4. The Times Apr 26, 1945
  5. The Times, Feb 05, 1945
  6. The Times Aug 18, 1947
  7. The Times, Aug 14, 1948
  8. The Times, Jun 28, 1949
  9. The Times, Jun 11, 1955
  10. The Times, Jan 12, 1956
  11. The Times, May 24, 1957
  12. The Times, 8 October 1957
  13. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE