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Beans Industries

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October 1951.
September 1954.

General Engineers, of Tipton, Staffordshire

1933 Private company, owned by Hadfields, formed to acquire the fixed assets and stocks of Beans Cars Ltd; the company would supply components to the motor industry[1], especially crankcases and gearboxes; later concentrated on remanufacturing engines[2].

1935 Hadfields and its associated company Bean Industries made special components for Malcolm Campbell's reconstructed car Bluebird[3]

1936 Hadfields disposed of all of its interests in Beans Industries[4]

1936 Public company Smethwick Drop Forgings was formed to acquire the drop forgings business of Beans Industries[5]

1937 Became public company. Victor Riley was Chairman.

1940 Record output[6]; seems to have been a public company at this time

1961 General engineers and iron founders for the motor and engineering trades. 2,00 employees

By 1969 was a subsidiary of British Leyland[7]

At some point the company was renamed Beans Engineering.

1972 BL transferred its marine engine work to Beans, which had 1000 employees at Tipton sites[8].

1988 Management buyout from Rover with investment from 3i; 300 employees[9].

1992 Beans Engineering acquired Reliant, one of its largest customers, from the receivers[10].

1994 Went into receivership due to debts within some of its subsidiaries; the receiver planned to sell Reliant[11].


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 20, 1934
  2. The Times, July 17, 1992
  3. The Times, Apr 08, 1935
  4. The Times, Apr 17, 1936
  5. The Times, Apr 29, 1936
  6. The Times, Mar 05, 1940
  7. The Times, May 31, 1969
  8. The Times, Nov 30, 1972
  9. The Times, March 02, 1988
  10. The Times, July 17, 1992
  11. The Times, January 16, 1995