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Société des Moteurs et Automobiles Lorraine, of Argenteuil, France, maker of aircraft and marine engines

c.1830 Business established in Alsace

By 1911 The Lorraine-Dietrich company had relocated its factory to Argenteuil

WWI Concentrated on making aircraft engines. Manufactured 5000 engines of 15 different types for the French Air Force. Supplied many other countries too.

Post-WWI: the engines were used by a number of commercial aircraft manufacturers.

1928 Company name changed to Lorraine

1936 Engines produced ranged from 100 hp to 1200 hp including a 12-cylinder V-form water cooled engine and an 18-cylinder air cooled engine.

1936 Granted licence to Coventry Aero-Engines and Components Ltd for manufacturing rights in the British Empire, both military and civil engines. The agreement also included marine engines.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The Times, Dec 01, 1936