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Mabey and Johnson

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Bridge builders, a private company, of Reading.

1923 Bevil Mabey started in business

Post WWII: Mabey expanded the company quickly by buying spare Bailey bridges from the British Army[1]

1966 Mabey and Johnson acquired Fairfield's Chepstow Bridge and Constructional Works. The company had contracts for steelwork for 2 power stations and several bridges[2]. This (presumably) became Fairfield-Mabey.

Recognising that the original design of Bailey Bridge was capable of further development to broaden its range of uses, the company developed the Mabey Super Bailey Bridge system.

1981 Acquired drop-forging business of Record Ridgway previously carried on by Platts Forgings[3]

1987 Supplied pre-fabricated steel bridging to Indonesia[4]

1997 British project to provide the Philippines with 218 bridges to be built by Mabey and Johnson[5]

1998 Queen's Award for export[6]

1998 The Compact Rapid Reaction Bridge System was sent to Central America after Hurricane Mitch[7]

2002 Queen's Award for Entreprise[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia [1]
  2. The Times, Jul 07, 1966
  3. The Times, Feb 10, 1981
  4. The Times, March 03, 1987
  5. The Times, March 19, 1997
  6. The Times, April 21, 1998
  7. The Times, December 14, 1998
  8. The Times, April 22, 2002