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British Crane and Excavator Corporation

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1943 Steels Engineering Products Ltd was incorporated, a subsidiary of Steel and Co, which included Henry J. Coles Cranes.

1959 Took over F. Taylor and Sons of Manchester who developed a totally hydraulic crane.

1959 Acquired R. H. Neal and Co Ltd of Grantham who were producing units using diesel-mechanical drive systems.

1964 Change of name to British Crane and Excavator Corporation Ltd which included the 3 UK factories.

1967 The major subsidiary of Steel Group.

1968 Subsidiaries included Coles Krane GmbH [1]

1969 Take-over of Priestman Brothers with the backing of the Industrial Reorganization Corporation[2].

1970 British Crane and Excavator Corporation Ltd was renamed Coles Cranes.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 12th January 1968 p66
  2. The Times, 9 September 1969