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Simmonds Aerocessories

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of Shell-Mex House, Strand, London, WC2. Telephone: Temple bar 2373. Telegraphic Address: "Aerocessim, London".

of Treforest, Wales - site of factory.

1928 The Simmonds Aircraft Company Limited was formed in order to produce Oliver Simmonds' Simmonds Spartan aircraft in Hampshire.

For a full history see Oliver Simmonds.

1931 Oliver Simmonds visited the Paris Air Show and obtained a license for push-pull controls for the rest of the world. On return to the UK he formed Simmonds Aerocessories Ltd, and established a sub-contract manufacturer for the product in Birmingham.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Simmonds Elastic Stop Nut, the universally successful lock-nut. Specialised Engineering and Aeronautical Accessories, including Simmonds Remote Controls, Simmonds Flexi-Clips, Simmonds Cowling Clips, Simmonds Navigational Instruments, Simmonds Jointing Compound, Simmonds Rifix. (Stand No. D.222) [1]

1937 Aeronautical and engineering accessories. "Simmonds" Elastic Stop Nut. "Simmonds-Corsey" Control. "Simmonds-Goudime" Navigational Instruments. [2]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1949 Company registered

1952 Simmonds Aerocessories, a private company, purchased 90% of the ordinary shares in Firth Cleveland Ltd; name changed to Firland Metals[3].

1953 Firth Cleveland was formed as a private company which owned Simmonds Aerocessories[4].

1955 One of the most important suppliers of accessories to the aircraft, motor, chemical and other industries - products included world famous fastenings, instruments, filters[5]. Advert (1954): FRAM filters, SPIRE speed nuts and fasteners, NYLOC fibre and PINNACLE self-locking nuts.

1957 Firth Cleveland Instruments formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Simmonds Aerocessories to represent the growing range of instruments in the group.

1960 Part of Firth Cleveland[6]

1962 - 1st May. The company changed its name to Firth Cleveland Fastenings Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1937 British Industries Fair p413
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. The Times, 19 January 1952
  4. The Times, 5 August 1953
  5. The Times, 8 August 1955
  6. The Times, 28 June 1960