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George Richards and Co:1935 Review

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Visit of the Iron and Steel Institute to the Iron, Steel and Engineering Industries of Manchester and District

George Richards and Co. Ltd., and Tilghmans Patent Sand Blast Co, Broadheath, Near Manchester.

The first mentioned Company was originally established in 1880 in City Road, Manchester, and some years later, to cope with the increasing demand for the firm's products, larger works were built at Broadheath.

In 1912, an additional large and up-to-date works was built adjacent to the older one at Broadheath. The Company now confines its activities solely to the manufacture of high class machine tools, and in addition to a very valuable home trade, their markets embrace practically all the industrial countries of the world.

The chief specialities are: "Pearn-Richards" patent universal horizontal surfacing, boring, miffing, drilling and tapping machines made in two types, i.e. with or without traversing spindle, each in six standard sizes capable of dealing with work ranging from 18" to 6 ft. diameter. Richards were the original makers of this type of machine, and the present models are the outcome of long and careful development. Vertical boring and turning mills having capacities from 2 to 26 ft. diameter, constitute another of their leading specialities, and these are made in a wide variety of types. Other manufactures are slot drilling and keyway cutting machines; side planing machines, and crank pin turning machines.

The latter works practically adjoin the former, and the Companies are associated. The products are air-compressing and sand blast machinery, in the manufacture of which the firm has long specialised. Both works are supplied with castings from a large modern foundry, in which castings up to 4o tons in weight can be produced.


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