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Burgess Products Co

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February 1935.
August 1949.
August 1954.
24 February 1956 Advert from Mechanics Magazine.
October 1958.
April 1959.
November 1960.
December 1962.
November 1963.

of Barwell, Leicester (1937).

of Hinckley, Leicestershire (1961).

Burgess Group plc of Hinckley, Leics (1988)

1929 E. J. L Cotton founded the business to make silencers for cars.

1933 The sales manager wrote to The Times concerning the lack of public demand for full silencing of sports cars, preferring partial silencing and "healthy sports note"[1]

1935 Private company.

1937 Electrical and acoustical engineers and manufacturers. [2]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

WWII Manufactured parts for the De Havilland Mosquito.

1949 Acquired Rushlite Batteries of Wolverhampton from the liquidator.

1951 Company made public. Maker of engine silencers and air inlet cleaners, micro-switches which were used in aircraft, acoustic booths for noisy locations, ceiling air diffusers, and small electrical tools. Subsidiary Burgess Mouldings at Sapcote and Burgess Zeolite (also at Hinckley). Moving micro-switch production to Gateshead[3]

1961 Manufacturers of micro-switches, acoustic tiles and other equipment. 1,000 employees. [4]

1963 Burgess Products were acoustical and electrical engineers and manufacturers; was a public quoted company[5]

By 1967 the parent company was Burgess Products (Holdings)

1971 Burgess Power Tools formed as subsidiary[6]

1981 Subsidiaries included[7]:

  • Burgess Architectural Products
  • Burgess Industrial Silencing
  • Burgess Micro Switch
  • Burgess Power Tools
  • Burgess Products

1986 Acquired Coin Industries[8]

1987 Burgess Products (Holdings) changed its name to Burgess Group; rights issue to acquire SAIA[9]

Once owned the patent for push-button telephone but this had been allowed to lapse after 10 years[10]

1987 Acquired American Electronic Components (previously American Oil Field Systems)[11]

1988 Electronic components maker; Bob Morton was Chairman

1988 SAIA AG was a subsidiary; designer and manufacturer of precision electronic and electro-mechanical equipment. Other subsidiaries in Germany and USA; also had an amusement machine division[12] Involved in automotive. electronics and white goods.

1988 RHP acquired the Burgess Group, which had been built up by Bob Morton, to merge it into Pilgrim House[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Sep 09, 1933
  2. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  3. The Times, Jul 11, 1951
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times Oct 01, 1963
  6. The Times, Jul 30, 1971
  7. The Times, Dec 14, 1981
  8. The Times , May 03, 1986
  9. The Times, March 14, 1987
  10. The Times March 30, 1987
  11. The Times , June 27 1987
  12. The Times , January 26, 1988
  13. The Times, October 11, 1988
  • Mosquito by C. Martin Sharp and Michael J. F. Bowyer. Published by Crecy Books in 1995. ISBN 0-947554-41-6