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Fry's (London)

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1928. Enox-TT Hack Saw Blade and Frame.
1933. Frys' Drill Stand.
June 1951. Enox Tube Cutter.
Oct 1960.

of 24-5 King Street, London, E1 and of 46, Upper Thames-street, E.C. 4 (1923); of 56 Southwark Street, London, S.E.1. (1938)

Manufacturer and factor of hand tools, of 24/25 King Street, London E.1.

1923 Developed a sample of a new type of hack saw blade which had been specially produced for cutting tramway and railway metals. The peculiarity of the saw lay in the arrangement of the teeth, which faced in opposite directions in groups of four, so that they cut in either direction. The makers claimed that the saw will go on cutting even when the points of the teeth are blunt. The saw, which was British made, was stocked in lengths of 12 in., 14 in., and 16 in. by 18 and 16 gauge thickness.[1]

1923 Developed a new tool intended for cutting comparatively large round holes in metal plates.[2]

1924 "A new type of belt fastener, which has just been brought out by Frys, Limited, of 46, Upper Thames-street., London, E. C. 4, consists of a single piece. It has two openings into which the ends of the belt are pushed, and the contour of the openings is such that the belt is bent backwards slightly when under tension, while their edges are serrated so as to increase the grip of the fastener. All that is necessary to remove the fastener is to bend the belt back, when the teeth will release their grip. It has the advantage that quite short pieces can be out off the end of the belt in taking up slack, while the fastener can be used several times."[3]

1937 Engineers small tool manufacturers. "Enox" Small Tools. "Wo-Tan" Small Tools. [4]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1956 Listed on Birmingham Stock Exchange[5]

1959 Planned to move factory from Greenwich to near the head office and warehouse at Crawley[6]

1967 Purchased 80 percent of J. Thomson Macleod of Glasgows[7].

1968 Developed electron beam welding device, ahead of its international competitors[8]

1969 Acquired Baldwins and Masons, which added a Midlands company to Fry's range of UK representatives[9]

1970 Acquired by Rabone Chesterman[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1923/07/06
  2. The Engineer 1923/10/12.
  3. The Engineer 1924/05/23
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. The Times, Jan 19, 1956
  6. The Times, Oct 28, 1959
  7. The Times, Apr 04, 1967
  8. The Times, Nov 11, 1968
  9. The Times, May 21, 1969
  10. The Times, Oct 19, 1971