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1881 William Rose took out a provisional patent on machinery for packing tobacco
After several years development, Rose demonstrated his machine to Wills of Bristol
1885 Joint patent with W. D. and H. O. Wills of Bristol
Rapidly increased demand for machines to produce packets of various sizes for the American market. Set up new factory on the banks of the River Trent
1898 William designed a car for himself, which also appealed to his friends.
1904 July. Details of the 3-cylinder petrol car. 
1905 February. Details of their 15020hp car.
1906 Private company formed to produce packaging machinery.
1906 February. Details of their 'National' car.
1906 Established Northern Manufacturing Co on adjacent site to make gears for the cars; also supplied gears to other manufacturers.
1908 By this time Rose had sold 37 Rose National cars. Initially these were 3-cylinder cars; later a 4-cylinder car was introduced. 6 models were developed
The company developed packaging for other products, including twisted confectionery packets for John Mackintosh and Sons; a special section of the factory was devoted to machines to make cartons for Reckitt and Sons of Hull.
1908 Ceased manufacturing of cars to concentrate on packaging machines.
WWI Produced gun sights and breech blocks for Q-ships; shells for the Army; synchronisation equipment for aircraft guns; developed a gun sight for bombers but was not accepted by the Royal Flying Corps.
1920 Established National Folding Box Co.
1928 Patents granted to ALFRED GERMAN ROSE and ROSE BROTHERS (GAINSBOROUGH) Limited, (1) bearing date the 26th October, 1928, and numbered 324,400, for the Invention of "Improvements in or relating to Apparatus for Folding and Closing the ends of Bags or the like " and (2) bearing date the 26th October, 1928, and numbered 324,401, for the Invention of "Improvements in or relating to Apparatus for Closing the ends of Cartons or like Receptacles"
1929 William Rose died; his other son Alfred German Rose continued to run the business.
1936 Powder packing machine. Exhibit at Nottingham Industrial Museum.
WWII Made a variety of equipment for the services; reputation for being able to turn their hands to unusual items, including enabling the guns on the Hampden bomber to have wider field of fire without black-spots, means of dealing with barrage balloon cables and an oxygen economiser. Also developed connections for rods for Lancaster bombers, which led Rose into bearings, and parts for aircraft.
1945 Applied for 5 year extension of the 1928 patents
1961 Manufacturers of packaging machinery.
1967 Became part of Rose Forgrove within the Baker, Perkins group.