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Benrath Machine Tools

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of Elsinore Road, Trafford Park, Empress Street, Cornbrook (1942, 1971), and Longley Lane, Wythenshawe (1955), Manchester; Cobden Street, Pendleton (1949)

Founded by Carl Walther Kuchenmeister, who was born born near Chemnitz, Saxony. He was interred in the UK during the Second World War[1]

1935 Description of statical balancing machine made by Benrath Machine Tools, 16, John Dalton-street, Manchester.[2]

1946 'Detained German Inventor’s Work “Appreciated”.
The case of Karl Kuchenmeister, the German wartime internee, which was raised in the House of Commons last night by Mr. W. S. Shepherd. Conservative M.P. for Bucklow, is to be the subject of an all-party deputation to the Home Secretary within the next few days. Mr. Kuchenmeister, brilliant inventor and machine tool designer, is being detained in Brixton Prison, pending a decision as to whether he should be sent back to Germany or some other country. "Kuchenmeister, who is as great expert on static and dynamic balancing machines, started the firm of Benrath Machine Tools. Ltd., Manchester, before the war.” declared Mr. Shepherd to-day. I have a whole folder of letters from big armament firms, saying how much they appreciated the machines he supplied, which had enabled them to produce shells for the war effort incomparably faster than they could be produced before." '.[3]

1950 'An order for three balancing machines which handle 30-ton turbine rotors been given by the Russian trade delegation to Benrath Machine Tools Ltd of Cornbrook, Manchester. With electrical equipment the order is worth £40000.'[4]

1971 Benrath Machine Tools of Empress Street on strike. The MD is Kenneth Williams.[5]

It appears that the business became Benrath Balancing, which became a division of CEMB Hofmann UK Ltd, Trafford Park.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] The Journal of Legal History Volume 29, 2008 - Issue 3: 'Don't Mention the War! R. v Bottrill, ex parte Kuchenmeister (1946) Revisited'. By Gerry R. Rubin. Pages 309-333. Published online: 10 Nov 2008
  2. Engineering 1935/02/08
  3. Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 17 December 1946
  4. Manchester Evening Chronicle - Wednesday 19 April 1950
  5. Manchester Evening News - Monday 12 July 1971