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Charles Colston

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1959.Automatic Dish Washing Machine.
c1962. Rolls Dish Washer. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.

Charles Colston Ltd, of Mill Street, London W1, of High Wycombe, and of Aycliffe, maker of washing machines, dishwashers, etc

1955 Sir Charles Colston, one time chairman of Hoover Ltd, formed a new company to make domestic labour-saving appliances; a factory had been obtained in Co. Durham and expected to obtain more[1] The range of activities was constrained by Colston's 5-year covenant with Hoover.

1961 The capacity of the High Wycombe factory was trebled[2]

1961 Formation of JV company with Rolls Razor called Rolls Colston Appliances Ltd which would take over the High Wycombe factory to make dishwashers, one based on the Colston model (which had half of the UK market) but at a lower price[3]

1963 Charles Colston resigned from the board of Rolls Razor in view of his Rolls Colston responsibilities; his company, Tallent Engineering of Aycliffe, would continue to make Rolls washing machines[4]. Rolls Razor sold its 50 percent of Rolls Colston to Charles Colston[5] which would continue making dishwashers; the company agreed a licence deal to make German-designed machines[6]

1969 Sir Charles Colston died[7]

1988 Tallent Engineering was making suspension-related parts for Ford but needed to seek other customers when a strike occurred at Ford[8]

1989 MBO of Tallent Engineering, of Darlington, the only operating subsidiary of Charles Colston[9]

Tallent Engineering introduced robots in the 1980s.

Tallent Engineering became a member of the ThyssenKrupp Automotive Group, continued to make components for many of the major names in the automobile industry

2012 Tallent Automotive Limited was acquired by Gestamp, the Spanish multi-national engineering group.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 01, 1955
  2. The Times, May 12, 1961
  3. The Times, Nov 14, 1961
  4. The Times, Feb 16, 1963
  5. The Times, Jun 20, 1963
  6. The Times, Sep 06, 1963
  7. The Times, Feb 15, 1969
  8. The Times, February 09, 1988
  9. The Times, January 04, 1989