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Compressor Accessories

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April 1952. Comprax.
1971.
1983.

1937 Compressor Accessories Ltd was formed on Kings Norton Industrial Estate in Birmingham as an assembly point for compressor valves sourced from Vienna.

1939 Manufacture and design of compressor valves started. Compressor Accessories Ltd was then formed into an autonomous unit, and made ammunitions during WW2.

1947 The company resumed links with Hoerbiger Vienna via a licensing agreement and expanded into surrounding premises due to rapid growth.

1967 Acquired Cotteridge Engineering Co to provide additional machining capacity.

1979 Contract engineering worked ceased with Cotteridge Engineering Co, who changed its name to Compressor Accessories (Valve Repairs) entering the valve service market.

1982 Compressor Accessories purchased and expanded into their own premises at the present site in Birmingham along with the service company.

1984 Compressor Accessories acquired The Metallic Valve Co and Metallic Valve Services.

1987 Precision Friction Products was formed as a division of Compressor Accessories as a project to develop and manufacture organic lined friction products in close liaison with Hoerbiger & Co.

1990 Hoerbiger UK Ltd group was formed to coordinate all Hoerbiger activities in the U.K. Hoerbiger Service (UK) Ltd., Compressor Accessories, and Hoerbiger Friction Products became divisions of Hoerbiger UK Ltd

See Also

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Sources of Information

  • 'HUK History' A timeline for Hoerbiger in the UK from the company.