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Cooper and Co (Birmingham)

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Cooper and Co (Birmingham) of Birmingham; and Brynmawr, makers of felt and felt products.

1897 Josiah Cooper and Francis George Bensly, trading as Cooper and Co of Birmingham, patented "improvements in or connected with polishing mops"

1898 Patent on "Improvements to cycle and like handles" to Josiah Cooper, Francis George Bensly, and Cooper and Co (Birmingham) Ltd; also Cooper and Bensly patented improvements in the manufacture of felt handles for cycles; they also patented improvements in manufacture of furniture castors.

1911 Francis George Bensly was managing director of the company when the company, Bensly and Edgar Charles Morris of the company patented improvements in felt pads for absorbing vibrations in railway carriages.

1948 Patent by the company and Francis Philip Stokes concerning oil seals

1960 Formed a new subsidiary Coopers Plastic Foams Ltd., after acquiring the Volaprene division of Volcrepe Ltd.[1]

1962 Patent by the company of Brynmawr on improvements in bollards

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Felt and flexible foam products [2]

1963 Acquired by John Crossley-Carpet Trades Holdings[3]

1965 Patent by the company of Brynmawr on improvements in writing implements and the materials for making writing tips

1968 Sold Cooper Plastic Foams Ltd. to Vitafoam.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1960/10/07 p. 606
  2. 1963 Motor Show
  3. The Times, April 4, 1963
  4. The Times, January 24, 1968