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Mark Sutton

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Mark Sutton (1862-1932)


1932 Obituary [1]

MARK SUTTON was born in 1862 and completed his education at the Manchester Technical School, subsequently serving a five years' apprenticeship with Mr. R. Simpkin, engineer and millwright of Rillington.

From 1883 to 1889 he was employed as a journeyman with Messrs. Hetherington and Company of Manchester, the Manchester Gas Company and Messrs. J. J. Sale, also of Manchester.

In 1889 he went to Rio de Janeiro and started his career in Brazil with the Fiacao e Tecidos Cariocas. He then entered the Companhia Progresso e Industrial do Brazil, Bangu, and achieved such success that the Companhia America Fabril, which was in a difficult situation, invited his co-operation. So effectual were his efforts that it eventually became the largest textile concern in South America.

During the War he erected works in Brazil for the manufacture of his own textile machinery, using Brazilian raw materials. He also erected several plants for the production of oxygen and developed the industrial use of oxygen throughout Brazil.

In 1923 he retired from the Companhia America Fabril, but soon afterwards founded the Companhia Nacional de Tecidos Nova America, Rio de Janeiro, which he subsequently managed until his death on 8th April 1932.

Mr. Sutton was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905, and was transferred to Membership in 1909.


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