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John Lang and Sons

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January 1888.
March 1888.
December 1889.
1893. Open-Spindle Capstan Lathe.
August 1899.
1892. Double-geared Milling Machine.
June 1898.
February 1901.


January 1902.
1904. 53 - 16 inch high speed lathe.
1904. Surfacing and boring lathe.
1904. Lathes with variable speed gear.
1934. 'Junior' lathe.
1936. Aerial view of Works at Johnstone.
Exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Back-Geared Screw-Cutting Lathe. Exhibit at the Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life.

John Lang and Sons of Johnstone, nr Glasgow were machine tool manufacturers.

1873 Company founded.

1894 Surfacing and boring Lathe. [1]

1895 Visit to the works by a party from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

1911: 12 inch Centre Lathe. [2]

1916 Private company.

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with a number of lathes with their well-known system of variable speed driving by means of expanding pulleys. [3]

Member of Associated British Machine Tool Makers

1959 Formation of Lang Gisholt Machine Co. Ltd to manufacture the complete range of lathes and power-operated chucks for John Lang and Sons Ltd and the complete range of machine tools for Gisholt (Great Britain) Ltd.

1961 Lathe manufacturers, machine tool makers and engineers. 800 employees. [4]

1964 Acquired by Wickman to provide that company with extra production capacity; Lang's lathes would usefully extend the company's product range[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 21st December 1894 p547-8
  2. Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham
  3. The Engineer of 8th October 1920 p358
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, Aug 14, 1964