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September 1936.
1946. From Machine Shop Magazine of August.
October 1952.

Maker of fans, of Crawley

1936 Private company.

1947 Company made public.

1959 Acquired by Hall-Thermotank[1]

1961 Manufacturers of "Vent-Axia" ventilating units used for industrial, commerical and domestic purposes, and through subsidiary Axia Fans Ltd. manufacture and install ventilating and heating systems for passenger and crew accommodation, engine rooms, holds and refrigerated cargo spaces. 300 employees. [2]

c.1981 Acquired by APV

1992 Sold to Smiths Industries, except for the industrial division at Milton Keynes which remained with APV[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 25, 1959
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. The Times, December 02, 1992