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Keelavite Rotary Pumps and Motors

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March 1946.

Maker, developer and supplier of hydraulic systems, of Keelavite House, Birmingham Road, Allesley near Coventry

1937 Hydraulic pumps, vacuum pumps, and compressors [1]

1937 Private company incorporated for producing and selling hydraulic equipment to the designs of the Keelavite Company[2]

1958 The company acquired the assets of the Keelavite Co. It was converted into a public company. The name was changed to Keelavite Hydraulics

A number of subsidiaries were established.

1961 Acquired Godiva Engineering Co, of Coventry, which specialised in mass production of small components using automatic machinery[3]

1963 Hydraulics industry was rapidly expanding; the company was expanding its range of products to take advantage of this demand. Subsidiaries were specialised on particular areas - Hydraulic Machinery Drives Ltd, Keelavite Components Ltd had achieved record sales; also Hydraulic Installations Ltd, Industrial Hydraulics Ltd, Keelavite Components trading as Godiva Engineering Co. Acquired M. W. Service Station Ltd, which occupied adjacent premises[4]

1969 Joseph Lucas Ltd acquired Keelavite Hydraulics[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  2. The Times, May 18, 1960
  3. The Times, Oct 27, 1961
  4. The Times, Sep 17, 1963
  5. The Times, Dec 16, 1969