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Tinsley Wire Industries

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1961. Bear brand.

of Sheffield (1938).

of Bushbury, Wolverhampton (1949)

Early 1930s: as a way of avoiding British import tariffs Belgian wiremaker, Trefileries Leon Bekaert, set up a UK factory in association with Templeborough Rolling Mills Ltd, a Sheffield supplier of wire rods.[1]

1933 It joined with British Ropes Ltd and the United Steel Companies Ltd in forming Tinsley Wire Industries Ltd with a factory at Tinsley on Sheffield Road.

1962 New factory constructed at Shepcote Lane, Sheffield[2]

1964 Boulton and Paul sold their wire and wire products interests to Tinsley Wire[3]

1968 Both British Ropes and United Steel had interests in Tinsley Wire. Acquired light engineers S. Blanckensee and Son of Cannock[4].

1973 Twenty per cent owned by British Steel

1973 British Steel sold its carbon- and mild-steel wire-making activities at Warrington (Rylands and Whitecross) and at Middlesbrough (Dorman Long) into a new company Rylands-Whitecross, jointly owned by Tinsley Wire Industries and British Ropes[5]

1989 British Steel and Belgian steel cord company Bekaert acquired Bridon's 40 percent holding in the company; Bridon acquired Fox Wire, Johnson and Nephew and Lionweld Kennedy from Tinsley[6]

1994 was Britain's largest wire manufacturer and Sheffield's largest private employer[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1]
  2. The Times, Mar 26, 1962
  3. The Times, Jan 15, 1964
  4. The Times, May 03, 1968
  5. The Times, Aug 17, 1973
  6. The Times (London, England), Thursday, February 09, 1989
  7. The Times, May 18, 1994