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Vickers Defence Systems of Elswick Works, a subsidiary of Vickers.
1982 The firm went through a complete overhaul. The Elswick Works on the banks of the Tyne, founded by Sir William Armstrong in 1847, were demolished and the entire factory works moved a mile or so down Scotswood Road to a new site. The new Armstrong works which boasted the longest single manufacturing line in Europe, were built in less than two years. The company's managing director, Gerald Boxall. concluded the Elswick works were a principal liability for the firm's chances for future development. In order to win orders, it was a bleak set-up with potential devastating losses forecast. The new Armstrong works were built on the site of the Vickers Scotswood factory.