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Auto Diesels

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1951. Generator.
November 1953.

of Uxbridge, Middlesex

1936 Company registered.

1937 Suppliers of diesel engines. [1]

1950 Agreement with Leyland Motors that Auto Diesels would build generating sets using the Leyland high speed diesel engine under the Leyland-Auto Diesels brand name[2]

1953 With Crompton Parkinson produced mobile starting units for the Comet and Britannia aircraft used by BOAC[3]

1955 Agreement with Standard Motor Co to market their entire range of diesels for stationary uses[4]

1958 The agreement with Standard covered all piston engines for stationary uses worldwide, and for gas turbines in the UK[5]

1959 Acquired by Frederick Braby and Co[6]

1961 Manufacturers of generating and compressor sets, self-priming centrifugal pumps, internal combustion engines, gas turbines and aircraft starters. 200 employees. [7]

By 1961 was part of the Braby of Britain Group

1967 Supplied diesel starters for Concorde[8]

1968 Absorbed Norman Engineering Co into the Auto Diesels Braby Group

1970 Auto Diesels Braby introduced a 250 hp gas turbine for industrial use; said to be the first made in Britain for this application[9]

1970 Braby was acquired by the Economic Group

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Sources of Information

  1. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  2. The Times Dec 18, 1950
  3. The Times, Jun 11, 1953
  4. The Times, Dec 01, 1955
  5. The Times, Nov 24, 1958
  6. The Times, Oct 03, 1959
  7. 1961 Guide to Key British Enterprises
  8. The Times Aug 29, 1967
  9. The Times May 13, 1970