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Eva Industries

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Industrial holding company, of Manchester

1960 Eva Brothers changed its name to Eva Industries[1]

1961 Planned for shares to be quoted on London exchange in addition to Manchester[2].

1962 Acquired Edge Tool Industries[3]. T. Williams (Drop Forgings and Tools) was a subsidiary[4]

1965 Tenth year of rising profits[5]

1967 Spearwell Tools was formed to merge the gardening and agricultural interests of Spear and Jackson and Eva Industries[6]; the company was jointly owned by the two.

1967 Acquired Blake and Sons (Gosport) and G. E. Adams. Edward Elwell Ltd and Thomas Staniforth and Co had been transferred to Spearwell Tools[7]

1970 After a period of losses by Spearwell, and several factory closures, Spear and Jackson acquired Eva's interest in Spearwell Tools[8]

1969 Acquired Nicholl and Wood of Halifax

1970 Chillington tool division won an order for agricultural hand hoes for Tanzania.[9]

1970 Formed Chillington Engineering[10]

By 1973 Greengate Woodturning (Holdings) was a subsidiary[11]

Major division was agricultural tools, followed by engineered products.

1973 Established Magnet Developments Ltd, in Wolverhampton, to make a new powerful permanent magnet that had only been available from USA previously[12]

1977 Orders were 125 percent more than March 1976[13]

1977 Acquired Robert R. Stockfis (Manchester)[14] but then found the business was less profitable that had been thought[15]

1982 Acquired by Anglo-Indonesion Corporation plc[16]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 24, 1960
  2. The Times, Feb 21, 1961
  3. The Times, Oct 18, 1962
  4. The Times, Nov 30, 1962
  5. The Times Sep 03, 1965
  6. The Times, Jun 17, 1967
  7. The Times, Aug 03, 1968
  8. The Times, Nov 13, 1969
  9. The Times, Feb 05, 1970
  10. The Times, Sep 30, 1970
  11. The Times, Jun 06, 1973
  12. The Times, Nov 14, 1973
  13. The Times, Jul 09, 1977
  14. The Times, Jul 22, 1977
  15. The Times, Jun 08, 1978
  16. The Times, Sep 13, 1982