Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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American Machine and Foundry Co

From Graces Guide

c.1900 Company founded. Manufacturer of Standard cigarette making machines

1919 Set up a United Kingdom subsidiary.

Standard machines started to be installed in increasing numbers in the factories of Imperial Tobacco Co's branches, gradually superseding the earlier Bonsack machines.

At first the Standard machines were imported from America; later many of those used by Imperial were manufactured under licence by Brecknell, Munro and Rogers Ltd.

1920 Imperial and British American Tobacco together acquired a majority of the shares in Brecknell, whose main business was the manufacture of machinery for the tobacco industry.

1927 The company was in creditor's liquidation[1]

1928 Name changed to Industrial Machinery Co. Ltd.

1950s: AMF were makers of leisure-time products for the consumer, and atomic and electromechanical equipment for industry and defence[2]

1954 Acquired Potter and Brumfield.

1959 Formation of AMF International based in London


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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 8 July 1927
  2. The Times, Mar 23, 1960
  • Monopolies Commission report 1961