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John Brown Engineering

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of Clydebank

1966 John Brown and Co, shipbuilders, separated the engineering works from the shipyard by the creation of a new company.

"John Brown and Co (Clydebank) Ltd states that consideration of the future, particularly in light of the Geddes Report, has led to a decision by the board of John Brown and Co, fully supported by the board of John Brown and Co (Clydebank) Ltd., to separate a substantial part of the engine works from the shipyard and form this as a separate company, directly subsidiary to John Brown and Co. The installation of ship's machinery, including both office and shop work, will be transferred to shipyard control and integrated with corresponding shipyard work. Other engine works' activities, both marine and non-marine. will become the responsibility of the new company, which will be named The Clydebank Engineering Co."[1]

1967 John Brown and Co, shipbuilders, established the company as a wholly-owned subsidiary[2]. The company specialised in building marine steam turbines; licenced the right to sell and manufacture Stal-Laval AP turbines from Stal-Laval Turbin AB

1978 Was one of the two divisions which together made two-thirds of the profits of the John Brown Group[3]

1985 Refinancing deal arrange to rescue the John Brown Engineering company; Trafalgar House contributed 29.9 percent.

1986 Agreed take-over of the engineering company by Trafalgar House[4]

1994 One of four main businesses in Trafalgar House[5]




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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1966/08/05
  2. The Times, Jun 01, 1967
  3. The Times, Jan 28, 1978
  4. The Times, May 08, 1986
  5. CIO 1994/05/15 p56