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North British Steel Foundry

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December 1947.

of Balbardie Steel Works, Bathgate, Scotland.

Steel founders and Engineers.

presumably North British Steel Group (NBSG).

NBSG operated a foundry at Bathgate, West Lothian

1967 Took over Atlas Steel Foundry and Engineering Co of Armadale

Until 1988 NBSG was largely owned and managed by the Menzies family. In that year they accepted an offer from Aurora Holdings of Sheffield.

Aurora was then acquired by Australian group ANI. After August 1989 NBSG was effectively managed by Bradken Consolidated, a division of ANI, the largest steel foundry operation in Australia. The new management then decided to dispose of NBSG. After the failure of an attempt to sell NBSG to Lake & Elliot, ANI decided to retain the Bathgate foundry and dispose of Armadale. Certain production plant required to produce railway track castings was transferred to the Bathgate foundry and the remaining plant at Armadale was sold to William Cook.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Competition Commission report on William Cook, 1990