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November 1955.
October 1957.
October 1958.
November 1960. Twisdip.
April 1962.
Oct 1962.
Oct 1966.
October 1973.

Britax (London) Ltd., a supplier of accessories for motorcycles and cars, of Maida Vale, London NW6

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1949-56 Maker of motorcycles

1956 Britax returned to the accessory business but took over the Cyclemaster line for a while.

By 1960 the company's address was Byfleet - presumably part of Proctor Industries by this time

1961 Mr O. A. Proctor acquired Excelsior Motor Co and presumably transferred Proctor Industries, including Britax, into it.

1963 As part of a reorganisation the Britax safety belt business was injected into the Excelsior Motor Co; this led to a substantial turn-around in its commercial fortunes; the company's mechanism for safety belts had been accepted in Germany and Sweden[1]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Seat belts

c.1968 Name of Excelsior Motor Co was changed to Britax Excelsior Ltd[2]

1969 Introduced Anco wiper blades Anco?

1971 The Proctor family sold its Britax-Excelsior safety equipment firm to Griffiths Bentley[3]

1973 Bristol Street Group acquired Griffiths Bentley, including Britax[4]

1979-1985 The Britax name made a come-back on an Italian 50cc fold-up moped known as the Kari-Bike.

1980 Exhibitors at the 1980 Motor Show included:

1988 The Britax car seat belt business was sold to Electrolux, prompted by technical problems and the need for large investment facing the industry; would continue to make child safety seats[5]

1997 Owners, BSG International, changed its name to Britax International after disposing of its Bristol Street car dealerships in a management buyout[6] Britax acquired the Buderus Sell Group of Germanys, maker of aircraft interiors[7]

1998 Acquired Public Safety Equipment of USA, maker of sirens, "lightbars" and beacons for emergency vehicles, a field in which Britax already was a market leader in the UK, as well as in0car surveillance systems for police cars[8]

1999 Britax had 4 core divisions:[9]

  • Aircraft interiors
  • Rear vision mirros
  • Automatic video surveillance and sirens
  • Child safety seats

2000 Sold RVS, maker of wing mirrors, to Reitter and Shefenacker of Germany; the company would focus on aircraft interiors and child safety seats[10]

c.2000 Accounting problems at the Britax Rumbold subsidiary, maker of aircraft components.

2001 Management buy-out to take the firm private[11]. The business was acquired by Royal Bank of Scotland

2005 Sold the Teutonia push chair businesss and put the other parts of the childcare unit (which made a number of the pushchairs as well as child safety seats) up for sale[12]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jan. 24, 1964
  2. The Times Jan. 8, 1969
  3. The Times Oct. 16, 1971
  4. The Times, Oct. 20, 1973
  5. The Times Mar. 30, 1988
  6. The Times, Mar. 19, 1997
  7. The Times Mar. 18, 1998
  8. The Times June 16, 1998
  9. The Times Sept. 22, 1999
  10. The Times June 27, 2000
  11. The Times y, July 5, 2001
  12. The Times May 14, 2005
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • 1963 Motor Show
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9