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Aurora Gear and Engineering Co

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of Sheffield

1957 Name changed from Aurora Gearing Co (Wilmot North)

1960 Acquired Watling Street Group at Markyate[1] and Fit Limited, maker of tyre remoulding equipment[2]

1963 Acquired William Watts (Holdings) Ltd of Nottingham[3]

1964 Acquired Darlington Wire Mills Ltd[4] and Pashley and Trickett

1966 Acquired F. Turnbull and Co (Engineers), a publically quoted company[5]

1967 Acquired Webster Equipment and Webster Machine Development[6]

1968 Disposed of Darlington Wire Mills; efforts put into improving Skerne Engineering Co; Websters had developed a novel mining machine; extensions at the Markgate Group and Emil Engineering Co in Rotherham[7]

1969 Acquired The Hille Engineering Co; steps were being taken to improve the performance of Hill Bentham Engineering Co[8]

1970 Disposed of the Tyre Machinery business of Hill Bentham and Hill Mould Equipment Ltd; Marygate Group provided advanced components for jet engines; 2 subsidiaries were involved in process and control engineering; the steel stockholder subsidiary had a busy year; several subsidiaries anticipated pick up in demand for capital equipment[9]

1972 Affected by the problems at Rolls-Royce

1973 Sold Watling Street group of companies at Markyate[10]

1973 Acquired Anderton-Forco Industries[11]

1974 Became Aurora Holdings

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 25, 1960
  2. The Times, Nov 28, 1960
  3. The Times, Aug 07, 1963
  4. The Times Nov 27, 1964
  5. The Times Jan 24, 1966
  6. The Times, Mar 27, 1967
  7. The Times, Nov 29, 1968
  8. The Times, Nov 28, 1969
  9. The Times, Nov 27, 1970
  10. The Times, Jun 30, 1973
  11. The Times, Nov 01, 1973