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Keelavite Hydraulics

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1958 The Keelavite Rotary Pumps and Motors company acquired the assets of the Keelavite Co. It was converted into a public company. The name was changed to Keelavite Hydraulics

A number of subsidiaries were established.

1961 Acquired Godiva Engineering Co, of Coventry, which specialised in mass production of small components using automatic machinery[1]

1963 Hydraulics industry was rapidly expanding; the company was expanding its range of products to take advantage of this demand. Subsidiaries were specialised on particular areas - Hydraulic Machinery Drives Ltd, Keelavite Components Ltd had achieved record sales; also Hydraulic Installations Ltd, Industrial Hydraulics Ltd, Keelavite Components trading as Godiva Engineering Co. Acquired M. W. Service Station Ltd, which occupied adjacent premises[2]

Makers of 'Keelaring' compression fittings for pipes.

1969 Joseph Lucas Ltd acquired Keelavite Hydraulics[3]

By 1975 was a subsidiary of Joseph Lucas (Industries) Ltd[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 27, 1961
  2. The Times, Sep 17, 1963
  3. The Times, Dec 16, 1969
  4. Lucas annual report 1975