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Spembly

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Research, design and development and consulting engineers, of Sittingbourne, of Chatham, of Andover.

1940s Company established

1960 Acquired by Harper Engineering and Electronics

1961 Consisted of 250 staff working on a variety of projects including nuclear power[1]

By 1963 was a subsidiary of Leadenhall-Sterling Investments Ltd but the basis of future trading was not sound[2]

1965 Spembly Technical Products developed a cryo-surgery device for eye operations[3]

1967 Member of the British Nuclear Forum[4]

1971 Management changes and cuts required to restore profitability[5]

1975 Queen's Award for Technology for cryo-surgical products, Spembly of Andover[6].

1983 Spembly Electronics of Alton made weather satellite monitoring equipment which was delivered to the Royal Navy for the Falklands Task Force and subsequently ordered for all ships carrying aircraft or helicopters[7]

1991 Spembly Medical was a subsidiary of The Surgical Technology Group, of Andover[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 10, 1961
  2. The Times, Dec 13, 1963
  3. The Times, Jul 14, 1965
  4. The Times, Nov 03, 1967
  5. The Times, Aug 18, 1971
  6. The Times, Apr 21, 1975
  7. The Times, Sep 13, 1983
  8. The Times, October 03, 1991