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of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, design and production of axles for heavy road vehicles.
1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history.
1930s Most of the buildings were rebuilt and machine shops refitted, much of the machinery being specially designed for the company's purposes.
1937 Steel bars and drop forgings. "Kirkstall" Steel Bars and Drop Forgings. 
1949 Company made public as Kirkstall Forge Engineering. Rodney Fawcett Butler was Chairman and MD. . Directors intended to transfer the steel bar department to a separate subsidiary. About 1,800 employees. Directors intended to transfer the steel bar department to a separate subsidiary.
1961 General engineers and manufacturers of steel bars, drop forgings and axles for heavy motor vehicles. 1,800 employees.
1967 Steel Bar Division, which had a poor profit record, was sold to Flather Halesowen Ltd of Sheffield; a jointly-owned sales company had been established Kirkstall Bright Steels Ltd. Purchased pressed axle casing business of Charles Roberts and Co of Wakefield; separate operating subsidiary established at those premises
1970 Acquired Precision Power Units Ltd of Cheltenham, which would be renamed Kirkstall Hydraulics Ltd.
1974 A new computer system, Composit 77 database management programme, was installed to report faults and their causes and costs.
The business was taken over by the Dana Corporation, who transferred production overseas, and closed the works. Some important old buildings and historic machines escaped destruction, but may be destined for 'demolition by neglect'.