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Associated Engineering Group

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Wellworthy - an Associated Engineering company. April 1962.
November 1968.

AE, maker of automotive components, of Ince House, Leamington Spa (1966)

1947 Company incorporated as Associated Engineering Holdings to bring together 3 piston ring makers: British Piston Ring Co, Hepworth and Grandage Ltd and Wellworthy Piston Rings Ltd[1].

1950 Developing Al-fin process for bonding aluminium to cast iron[2].

1951 One of the group companies (Hepworth and Grandage) had been machining blades for aircraft engines[3]

1954 Acquired Aeroplane and Motor Aluminium Castings Ltd

1955 In the past year, there had been expansion of the drill bush business, new factory for making engine blades for aircraft, Wellworthy had started making piston-based compressor for supercharging diesel engines, designed in conjunction with Ricardo and Co[4].

1955 Acquired Coventry Radiator and Presswork Holdings Ltd[5].

1957 Head office moved from London to Leamington Spa which was more central for the subsidiaries[6]. Acquired Universal Metallic Packing Co and 2 small companies: Arrow Aircraft and Reid Watt Sales Ltd. Proposal to change name of company to Associated Engineering Ltd[7].

1958 Acquired High Precision Equipment, which became part of the General Division[8].

1961 Established R&D centre at Cawston Hall[9]

1962 Acquired Specialloid jointly with Clifford Motor Components[10]

1965 Associated Engineering Group included further companies: Glacier Metal Co, British Aero Components and Crow, Hamilton and Co[11]

1966 Associated Engineering Ltd had 19 principal companies in the UK and 10 major subsidiaries overseas[12]. Products/brands included:

  • Wellworthy Specialloid diesel pistons
  • Glacier plain bearings
  • AMAC aluminium castings
  • Hepolite petrol pistons
  • Covrad radiators
  • Dravo space heaters
  • Brico sintered products
  • H.P.E. numerically controlled milling machines
  • H&G (Yeadon) gas turbine blades

1967 Associated Engineering acquired the shares of Specialloid it did not already own[13]

1968 UK manufacturing companies in group:

1968 Details of the R&D centre at Cawston Hall. The group consists almost entirely of companies supplying the automotive sector [14]

1968 Group had a total of 28,000 employees. Acquired Edmunds Walker and Co[15].

1969 Formation of Associated Engineering Developments, at Cawston Hall, to develop spin-off and diversification business in addition to providing technical support to the 31 existing businesses[16].

1969 Midland Aluminium sold its subsidiary London Aluminium Co to Associated Engineering Group[17]

1972 The Covrad subsidiary developed the first low-cost aluminium radiator for cars[18]

1983 GKN bid for the group but was thwarted by a Monopolies Commission decision

1986 Bid for the group from Turner and Newall led to questions about how the City handled take-overs of important British companies[19] [20]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times 10 June 1947
  2. The Times 3 February 1950
  3. The Times 1 February 1951
  4. The Times 13 January 1955
  5. The Times 27 January 1956
  6. The Times 1 February 1957
  7. The Times 31 January 1958
  8. The Times 18 January 1960
  9. The Times 19 January 1962
  10. The Times, Aug 08, 1962
  11. The Times 19 October 1965
  12. The Times 26 January 1966
  13. The Times Aug 16, 1967
  14. The Engineer of 12th July 1968 p53
  15. The Times 19 February 1969
  16. The Times 10 April 1969
  17. The Times, Jul 30, 1969
  18. The Times, Nov 23, 1972
  19. The Times 29 November 1986
  20. The Times 21 January 1987