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Adwest Group

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Automotive, electrical, agricultural and industrial engineers, of Reading

1964 Adamant and Western Engineering Group changed its name to Adwest Group[1]. One of the subsidiary companies was Adwest Engineering

1964 Joint Venture with Bell's Asbestos and Engineering (Holding) to manufacture and sell excavating equipment and Shawnee Poole dumpers in South Africa; the equipment would be made by Adwest's subsidiary Steelfab[2]

1966 Acquired G. W. B. (Furnaces) Ltd of Dudley[3].

1968 Acquired Field and Grant of Birmingham, makers of motor control gear; also owned J. T. Wade and Son, Zone Controls, Woof and Sabine and Designs and Installations [4].

1969 Acquired Bowden (Holdings)[5].

1970 Bid for Gascoigne Group, makers of milking machinery[6], but called off the bid in February[7]. Counter-bid for Carrier Engineering Co[8] was unsuccessful.

1975 Acquired Sealed Motor Construction Co[9].

1978 Acquired Burman and Sons, the steering gear part of Duport, which would mean that Adwest had 25% of the British market for such gear[10]. Also acquired 80% of Anciens Etablissements Bowden, a French private company specialised in flexible controls which was closely associated with Adwest's Bowden subsidiary[11]

1980 Slight drop in profits upset Adwest's long-term record of growth[12].

1981 Acquired pump and pneumatic equipment makers Lacy-Hulbert and Co

1982 The growth in the property development side of the business was offsetting the drop in the engineering businesses[13].

1984 Acquired Warwick Pump and Engineering Co[14]

1985 Acquired 3 defence subsidiaries from Oceonics Group[15]

1986 Major reduction in staffing at Burman due to fall in demand for its products and delivery problems[16].

1988 Acquired Abbott Transistor Laboratories, a Californian defence equipment company[17].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times 16 October 1964
  2. The Times 27 April 1964
  3. The Times 31 May 1966
  4. The Times 2 November 1968
  5. The Times 3 April 1969
  6. The Times 9 January 1970
  7. The Times 2 July 1970
  8. The Times 19 August 1970
  9. The Times 15 July 1975
  10. The Times 27 June 1978
  11. The Times 2 August 1978
  12. The Times 30 September 1980
  13. The Times 15 October 1982
  14. The Times 24 June 1984
  15. The Times 28 November 1985
  16. The Times 30 September 1986
  17. The Times 3 November 1989