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Star Tube Co

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June 1898.

of Birmingham

1862 Richard Hobbs Taunton bought the Star Tube Works. In addition to tube manufacture, general engineering work was carried out and, particularly, high-pressure cylinders for the Government balloon department.[1]

1889 Owing to the growing demand for seamless cold-drawn tubes, arising from the development of cycle-building, the firm was converted into a limited company, as Taunton, Delmard and Lane, but the enterprise was unsuccessful.

1893 Taunton, Delmard, Lane and Co was in liquidation

1896/7 Directory: Advertiser. More detail [2]

1896 The company purchased and resold at profit the assets of the Credenda Tube Co[3]

1897 Presumably became part of the new company, Tubes Ltd, bringing together the seamless steel tube activities of a number of companies

1919 Tube Investments was registered as a public company, combining the seamless steel tube manufacturing companies of Tubes Limited, Credenda Conduits Co, Simplex ConduitsLtd, Star Tube Co and St. Helen's Tube and Metal[4][5].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of R H Taunton
  2. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Advertisers
  3. The Times, Sep 19, 1896
  4. [1] Wikipedia
  5. The Times, Tuesday, Feb 14, 1961