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Optical Measuring Tools

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January 1948.
May 1948.

of 414 Montrose Avenue, Trading Estate, Slough, Bucks, (now Berks). Telephone: Slough 20247-8. Maker of optical measuring instruments; optical systems, lenses, prisms, etc.; cine sound units; studio moving picture cameras.

  • Brand name OMT

1940 Business established.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Optical Measuring Tools, rotary and inclinable Tables, Vertical and Horizontal Omtimeters, Toolmakers' Microscopes, Tool Setting and Thread Form Microscopes, Works Projectors, General Optical Systems, lenses and prisms, Precision Boring Heads. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1107) [1]

By 1962 was a subsidiary of Newall Engineering Co[2]

1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Export Achievement and for Technological Innovation. [3]

1968 Established new factory at Helston, Cornwall[4]

1973 Factory at Helston closed; most of the 140 staff were made redundant.

The business was taken over by RPI (Rotary Precision Instruments) Ltd, located in Bath [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair p205
  2. The Times, Jul 23, 1962
  3. The Engineer of 26th April 1968 p650
  4. The Times, Nov 13, 1973
  5. [1] RPI website