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January 1952.
Sept 1953.
November 1961. Door opening devices.

of Liverpool Road, Warrington

1936 Louis Sylvio Armandias came to England with a licence from Messier in France to produce their equipment in the UK.

1937 Private company established - Messier Aviation Engineering Co

1938 Production of aircraft undercarriages and hydraulic equipment started[1]

1939 Rubery, Owen and Co became associated with the company.

WWII Manufactured parts for the De Havilland Mosquito

1942 Armandias parted company with Rubery Owen Messier

By 1943 Rubery Owen had acquired substantially all of the shares.

1946 Messier Aircraft Equipment Ltd was a member of the Rubery-Owen group of companies; it designed and manufactured hydraulic and electro-hydraulic equipment for aircraft and industrial applications, including the Conveyancer fork lift truck[2]. Messier Aircraft Equipment became Electro-Hydraulics (Messier) Ltd[3]

1946 November: renamed Electro-Hydraulics Ltd[4]

1953 Rubery Owen gained full control; the company was a wholly owned subsidiary of Rubery Owen.

1959 Part of the Rubery, Owen group[5]

1960 Electrically-operated valves.

1961 Aircraft and industrial hydraulic engineers, specialising in components and accessories for the aircraft industry. Manufacturers of Conveyancer fork lift trucks and material handling equipment. 1,750 employees.

1961 Rights to manufacture in the UK the narrow-reach equipment of the Raymond Corp. of USA; new subsidiary established Conveyancer-Raymond which was 70 percent owned by Electro-Hydraulics[6].

1961 Agents for the Shorland forklift trucks made by Short Brothers and Harland

1964 Incorporated as a public company[7]. Sale to the public of 40 percent of the shares.

1971 Withdrew from aircraft components activities[8]

1973 Rubery, Owen and Co acquired the 40 percent of Conveyancer not owned by them[9]

1974 January: Rubery Owen established a new company Rubery Owen Conveyancer[10]. The name Electro-Hydraulics seems to have been discontinued about this time.

1977 Coventry Climax acquired the Thornton Rd, Warrington, and Kirkby, Liverpool, parts of the forklift truck business of Rubery Owen Conveyancer. The plants at Liverpool Road, Warrington, at Prees, and at Kings Hill, Darlaston, were not included in the sale[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 13, 1964
  2. The Times, Mar 14, 1946
  3. The Times, May 22, 1946
  4. The Times, Saturday, Nov 30, 1946
  5. The Times, Sep 25, 1959
  6. The Times, Jul 13, 1964
  7. The Times, Jul 13, 1964
  8. The Times, Monday, Mar 22, 1971
  9. The Times, Friday, Aug 24, 1973
  10. The Times, Thursday, Nov 08, 1973
  11. The Times, Saturday, Apr 09, 1977
  • Mosquito by C. Martin Sharp and Michael J. F. Bowyer. Published by Crecy Books in 1995. ISBN 0-947554-41-6
  • Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p293
  • 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE