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November 1922.
June 1923.

Brolt Limited of Oldbury

1911 Company formed

Aeroplane dynamos and car dynamos available through Brown Brothers

1913 Advert for Brolt's reliable car lighting dynamo system[1]

1920 October. Exhibited at the Commercial Motor Exhibition at Olympia with electrical lighting equipment for commercial vehicles

In 1924 Brolt Ltd. which had started in business in 1911 as a manufacturer and factor of motor electrical equipment, was in financial difficulties and offered its business to Joseph Lucas Ltd who purchased it for about £50,000. This purchase enabled Lucas to extend its initial equipment business, particularly for commercial vehicles, as Brolt had initial equipment contracts with certain vehicle manufacturers, including Beardmore and Jowett. One of the reasons given to Lucas's shareholders for the purchase was that if Lucas did not take over the business someone else might, which could be to Lucas's disadvantage in the future. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 29 April 1913
  2. [1] Competition Commission Web Site