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WWI Stream-line wires for aeroplane stays were first developed by the Royal Aircraft Factory, and hence became known as "rafwires."
The production of rafwires and swaged rods and their fittings was actively taken up in 1917 by A. P. Newall and Co of 50, Wellington-street, Glasgow. The firm organised a separate company for this purpose, the Woodside Engineering Company, Limited, and acquired workshop accommodation in an existing building in North Woodside-road Glasgow. Subsequently a new factory was built on land at Possilpark.