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Coventry Gauge and Tool Co

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Internal Screw Thread Measuring Machine
NPL Type Screw Thread Diameter Measuring Machine
NPL Type Pitch Measuring Machine
Sine Centres
'Matrix' Optical Dividing Head
'Matrix' Mechanical Circular Table
Slip-gauge Set
Slip-gauge Accessories
5" Sine Bar.

Coventry Gauge and Tool Co of Coventry.

1913 Company founded as Walter Tatlow Ltd by Walter Tatlow

1915 Walter Tatlow's brother in law, Harry Harley, joined the company and took over its management.

1916 December 1st: Company became Coventry Gauge and Small Tool Co Ltd.

1919 Coventry Gauge and Small Tool Co Ltd. advertised a secondhand car for sale[1]

1920 The company was known as Coventry Gauge and Tool Co (see advert). H. H. Harley was managing director.

1920 One of the best plants for the manufacture of gauging equipment.[2]

1928 Public company formed to acquire the company of similar name. The company's manufacturing interests included:[3]

  • Sole manufacturing rights to manufacture the Wickman patent gauges, which had been developed by the company
  • Sole manufacturing and selling rights for Distant Recording and Controlling Apparatus
  • Manufacture of the Lansing Electric Trucks
  • Manufacture of precision and other tools and special machinery equipment for aircraft, motor car, gramophone and other industries

A new department had been set up to manufacture the new product, Lansing Electric Trucks; the Lansing Equipment Co was listed as one of 1000 customers of the company.

1936 A decision was made to build a new factory in Coventry and the foundation stone of the Fletchamstead Highway factory was laid, making Internal and External thread grinding machines.

1937 Precision gauges, jigs, fixtures and tool manufacturers. "Matrix" Jigs and Tools.[4]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1961 Manufacturers of jigs, gauges and precision tool equipment, including thread grinding machines and milling machines, and recording instruments. 2,000 employees.[5]

1967 Sold the interest in Humphris and Sons to Redman Tool Holdings[6]

1969 World leader in thread-grinding and agent for Rockwell Machine Tool Co.

1969 Acquired by Tube Investments to join its other machine tool companies[7] Around this time the name changed to TI Matrix

2004 The company changed its name to Matrix Machine Tool (Coventry) Ltd.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 18, 1919
  2. The Engineer 1920/09/24 p311
  3. The Times Oct 31, 1928
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Times Jul 18, 1967
  7. The Times, May 13, 1969