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Towler Brothers

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Towler Brothers (Patents) Ltd, hydraulic pump manufacturers of Rodley, nr Leeds

Frank and John Towler worked for Leeds Engineering and Hydraulic Co, which produced slow speed hydraulic pumps and equipment.

1931 Frank and John Towler formed Electraulic Presses Limited

Later they bought a controlling interest in Leeds Engineering and Hydraulic Co

1935 Towler Brothers (Patents) Ltd was formed by Frank and John to exploit the newly developing market of the changeover from water to oil as a medium for transmitting power. They were pioneers in the field, especially to operate the systems at much higher pressures, although this was not an easy sell.

1940 Advert. High-speed pumps

1945 Advert. Unit-mounted high-speed pumps

1958 Metal Industries acquired Towler Brothers (Patents) Ltd including its subsidiary Electraulic Presses[1].

1960 Towler Brothers was working with Brookhirst on a joint development[2].

1960 Advert. Pumps

1967 Thorn Electrical Industries acquired Metal Industries[3].

See Towler Hydraulics

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 8 July 1959
  2. The Times, 16 August 1960
  3. The Times, 7 August 1967
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p192
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p230
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p63