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George Angus and Co

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February 1901.
January 1902.
February 1911.
September 1925. Telamite brake linings.
August 1926.
November 1926. Telamite brake linings.
December 1929.
August 1933.
October 1937.
October 1938.
May 1943
November 1943/1944
October 1945.


April/November 1947.
January 1948.
April 1948.
June 1948.
November 1950.
October 1951.
January 1952.
March 1952.
November 1952.
November 1954. Caco M.I. Oil Seal.
July 1962.
Sept 1962.
November 1968.
1972. Angus Spiroseals.

of Wallsend.

of Angus Works, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Telephone: 22656. Telegraphic Address: "Angus, Newcastle". (1937)

1788 Company founded.

1849 Advertising their gutta percha depot at 36 Grey Street, opposite the District Bank, stocking 'a large assortment of useful and fancy articles'.[1]

1888 Public company. The company was registered on 10 May, to take over the business of the firm of this name, leather manufacturers of Newcastle, Liverpool and elsewhere. [2]

1914 Leather and India rubber manufacturers. Specialities: leather, India rubber and asbestos goods for mechanical, engineering and colliery purposes. [3]

1917 Advert for metal gears. (of Newcastle-on-Tyne) [4]

1927 Advert for machine cut gearing (of St. John's Works, Newcastle-on-Tyne; Bentham, Yorkshire and Angus Gear Works, Walker-on-Tyne) [5]

1935 An agreement was negotiated between George Angus and Co and Carl Freudenberg G.m.b.h of Weinheim, Germany – both established and well known leather manufacturers. Freudenberg (C. F.), the largest industrial leather firm in Europe, had developed rotary shaft seals utilising chrome leather sealing members secured in steel casings. These were designed as self contained units suitable for pressing into machine housings (like ball bearings) with flexible spring loaded leather lips to contact the rotating shafts to be sealed. Walter Simmer the developer of this seal headed the C.F. oil seal factory (Simmerwerk ) at Weinheim. The seal was named after him – Simmering – a name which was adopted widely for unitary shaft seals throughout Europe. At the time of the initial Angus/C. F. agreement all seals were of leather. Synthetic rubber had not been developed as a sealing medium.

The Angus/C. F. agreement licensed Angus to manufacture C.F. oil seal products in the U.K. for sale throughout the U.K. and British dominions and colonies. Angus was entitled to use C. F. technology in design and manufacture.

1936 A separate unit of Angus, known as Oil Seal Department (O.S.D), was set up. The agreement with C. F. was that O.S.D was to be run as a separate business with separate accounts within the Angus framework. Angus and C.F. were to be regarded as equal partners in the enterprise. Angus provided the initial capital investment and C.F provided the technical expertise. Profits of O.S.D belonged in equal parts to Angus and C.F. The C.F. share of profits was to be retained in the business and accumulated until such time as O.S.D. could be formed into a separate company jointly owned by Angus and C.F., each having an equal stake and each being entitled to half the profits/losses. This intention was frustrated by the outbreak of war in late 1939.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Oil Seals, Gaco Mouldings, Mechanical Leather Goods, Leather Beltings, Gearing, Rawhide Gearing, Brake Lining, Canvas fire Hose, Gasket Cement, Fire Extinguishers, Rubber and Canvas Beltings, Filastic Belting, Chamois Leathers. (Stand Nos. D.305 and D.304) [6]

1937 Manufacturers of leather, rubber, asbestos and textile goods, oil seals and gearing. "Durangus" Silent Gearing. "Invincible" Fire Extinguishers. "Northumbria" Leather Belting. "Telamite" Brake Lining. [7]

1938/39 The introduction of Gaco (Buna N compounds) materials to the aircraft industry was opportune. This was mainly because they appeared at the very time when hydraulic controls were being first applied and developed for many uses in aircraft utilising mineral oil as the hydraulic medium. A rubber like material with high oil resistance which lent itself to precision moulding was essential for effective functioning of moving parts in hydraulic systems. Gaco was the material that surpassed all others. By the time war broke out in late 1939 Gaco was being specified and used extensively in modern aircraft, including seals used in undercarriages, wing flap controls, variable pitch airscrews and gun turret controls.

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1961 Group manufacturing activities include conveyor and transmission belting, reinforced rubber lined and unlined fire hose, gears, oil seals, protective clothing, rubber industrial products, etc. [8]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Fluid sealing units. [9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Angus History
  1. Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury - Saturday 31 March 1849
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p156
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p16
  6. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 328
  7. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  8. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  9. 1963 Motor Show