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Bonser Engineering

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April 1969.

Bonser Engineering, Mechanical Handling Division of Nottingham Road, Giltbrook, Notts.

c.1948 Company incorporated[1]

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[2]

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[3]. Mr F Bonser was chairman.

1967 Another major line was fork-lift trucks, 40 percent of which were exported[4]

1969 Introduced a line of battery electric fork-lift trucks, on addition to the diesel-engined trucks[5]. Under encouragement from the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, sold the mining equipment business to Dowty Mining Equipment[6]

1970 Acquired George Brough, precision engineers of Nottingham[7]

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[8]

1976 Became the first publicly-quoted British company to introduce a 2-tier board, as on the Continent[9]

1978 Acquired by the Kaye Organisation[10]

1981 Bensor Engineering of Giltbrook closed[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 28, 1968
  2. The Times, Jul 03, 1964
  3. The Times Jan 31, 1966
  4. The Times May 03, 1967
  5. The Times , 1969
  6. The Times (London, England), Saturday, Nov 08, 1969
  7. The Times Aug 29, 1970
  8. The Times, Oct 12, 1973
  9. The Times, May 11, 1976
  10. The Times, Sep 13, 1978
  11. The Times, Feb 07, 1981