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Aurora Holdings

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Aurora Holdings

1974 Public company: Aurora Gear and Engineering Co was renamed Aurora Holdings[1]

1975 Agreed to sell steel stockholding operation of William Watts Steel Stockholding (of Nottingham) to private Barclay and Mathieson of Glasgow[2]

1975 Anderton-Forco Industries was a subsidiary[3]; also Pashley and Trickett.

1976 Acquired control of East Sussex Engineering Group[4]

1976 Acquired the fixed assets and stocks of G. L. Willan and G L Willan (Castings) of Rotherham from the receiver but not those of subsidiary Marsh Brothers[5]

1977 Acquired Coltness Group, maker of fasteners, by exchange of shares[6]

1978 Acquired Osborn Steel.[7]

1979 Acquired Edgar Allen Balfour.[8]

1979 Robert Atkinson was chairman and managing director of the company. [9]

1979 The Ashlow Engineering foundry was closed[10]

1982 Company reported substantial losses; had closed 6 sites and sold 9 loss-making subsidiaries; the one single site steel works, in Manchester, would be operational by mid-year[11]

1988 Aurora of Sheffield acquired the steel and bronze foundry division of David Brown Gear Industries based at Penistone; the Edgar Allen Foundry at Meadowhall would be moved to Penistone; would supply castings to Truflo Valves, part of Westpark Group which had recently been acquired by Aurora[12]

1988 Aurora acquired NBSG

1988 Aurora was acquired by the Australian ANI

1989 48 per cent of ANI's ordinary issued share capital was acquired by Consolidated Press Securities Ltd of Australia.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Wednesday, Nov 06, 1974
  2. The Times Jun 18, 1975
  3. The Times, Sep 30, 1975
  4. The Times, Mar 31, 1976
  5. The Times, Dec 08, 1976
  6. The Times Aug 06, 1977
  7. The Engineer 1979/06/28
  8. The Engineer 1979/09/13
  9. The Engineer 1979/06/28
  10. Competition Commission report on William Cook, 1990
  11. The Times, Apr 08, 1982
  12. The Times, May 04, 1988