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Steel Radiators

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November 1957.
December 1960. Stelrad.
August 1962.
October 1963.

of Beacon Works, Brentford (1936)

of Southall and Dalbeattie.

1936 Company registered.[1] Established by AGA of Stockholm at Bridge Road, Southall.

First MD was Clifford Hugh Clifford but little production pre-WWII

WWII Produce munitions

1961 Started additional manufacturing at Dalbeattie in Scotland.[2] The site was origibally used by ICI to produce Nitro-glycerine and Cordite and had employed 3,000 persons.

Opened additional factory in Monmouth

1967 AGA sold the company to a group of investors.[3] This was an MBO led by Hugh Clifford, at a cost £500,000.

1969 Hattersley Brothers merged with Steel Radiators to form Hattersley Stelrad[4], which was 59 percent owned by Steel Radiators[5]

1970 Ideal-Standard sold its steel radiators manufacturing, acquired with the purchase of Copperad, to Steel Radiators, a subsidiary of Hattersley Stelrad[6].

1970 Acquired Schmiga Metal Works of Eire, makers of radiator fittings; acquired Bekon-Bell from Bestobell which included Belkon Domestic Products, manufacturers of steel radiators and convectors, which would enable export to Europe[7]

1971 The name of Hattersley Stelrad was changed to Stelrad Group[8]

1973 As part of its policy of diversification into domestic heating, Metal Box Co acquired Stelrad.[9].

1973 Produced 1.7 million 'Super Panel' radiators

1976 Acquired the heating business of Ideal-Standard

1977 The European Commission ordered the end of restrictions on AGA's licence to Steel Radiators, preventing the company selling radiators outside UK[10]

1979 Opened factory in Ramsgate

1981 Stelrad, part of Metal Box Co, was 1 of 6 boiler makers investigated for collusion in raising prices[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 23, 1936
  2. The Times, Jul 26, 1963
  3. The Times, Apr 05, 1969
  4. The Times, Mar 22, 1969
  5. The Times, Feb 08, 1969
  6. The Times, Jan 08, 1970
  7. The Times, Oct 12, 1970
  8. The Times, Sep 28, 1971
  9. The Times, Jun 12, 1976
  10. The Times, Jul 16, 1977
  11. The Times, Jun 30, 1981
  • 'Stelrad - A Potted History by David Parkin (an employee for 27 years). Privately published in 2020 (Copy in SMC Library)