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Bonser Engineering, Mechanical Handling Division of Nottingham Road, Giltbrook, Notts.
c.1948 Company incorporated
1957 Introduced its first hydraulic mining machine.
1964 Makers of mechanical handling equipment, hydraulic mining and industrial equipment; shares placed with plans for listing on the Birmingham exchange
1966 One of 3 suppliers of pit props for long-wall mining to the National Coal Board; this had largely replaced agriculture and horticulture as the firm's main business; new factory and research department opened at Giltbrook, Notts. Mr F Bonser was chairman.
1967 Another major line was fork-lift trucks, 40 percent of which were exported
1969 Introduced a line of battery electric fork-lift trucks, on addition to the diesel-engined trucks. Under encouragement from the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, sold the mining equipment business to Dowty Mining Equipment
1973 Acquired Bristol Pneumatic Tools from the trustees of the late Frank Bonser; this would be complementary to the existing businesses which had just received orders for fork-lift trucks and dumpers
1976 Became the first publicly-quoted British company to introduce a 2-tier board, as on the Continent
1981 Bensor Engineering of Giltbrook closed