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of Hendham Vale Works, Manchester and 16 High Street, Wimbledon
of Hendham Vale Works, Manchester, 9. Telephone: COLlyhurst 2511/5. Telegraphic Address: "Packless, Manchester". (1937)
1881 Company founded as Frictionless Engine Packing Company
1895 Private company.
1907 Name changed.
1913 Manufacturer of brake and clutch linings and a range of quality friction materials.
1927 Advert for belting, packing and linings.
1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. "Grooved Roko" 100 prt cent. Pure Camels Hair Warp Belting. "Karmal" Engine Packings. "Roko" Webbings, Listings, and Spindle Tapes. "Karmal" and "Fepco" Jointings. "K-P" Packing Rings, "Railite" Packings, Jointings, and Hose, etc. (Stand No. D.311 and D.210).
1944 Advert for Don-Flex clutch discs. Makers of Don brake linings.
1945 Advert for 'Karmel' steam and hydraulic packing; Grooved 'Roko' belting and 'Don' friction fabrics.
1946 Company made public.
1958 Patent - Improvements in the production of packings, bearings and fabrics, the surface of which is required to have a low co-efficient of friction.
The company estimates that in 1958 it held about 10 per cent of the total market. It had a licence agreement with American Brakeshoe Company for the provision of technical information.
1960 Cape acquired Small and Parkes which had some OEM business in car brake linings but was hindered by lack of capital. Arrangement with American Brakeshoe was terminated. The technical department was strengthened. Cape invested to increase capacity to attract OEMs.
1961 Belting and brake lining manufacturers. Makers of Don brake and clutch linings, Don-Flex patent clutch disc, grooved Roko power transmission beltings, Karmal steam and hydraulic packings, Roko webbings and spindle tapes. 1,100 employees.
1963 Manufacture of friction materials within Cape was concentrated at the Manchester factory.
1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Don and Capasco brake and clutch linings.
1965 The company entered into technical collaboration with Rane Brake Linings, Manchester, UK for a period of 10 years from 1st July, in relation to Don linings and clutch facings and right to use the trade, mark "DON" in brake and clutch linings.