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Climax Rock Drill and Engineering Works

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1933.Rock Drill Sharpener.
August 1946.
May 1950.
1951. Advert for Climax pneumatic and electric equipment, air compressors, rock drills, coal mining machinery and other equipment.
2-1/2" Cylinder drill.
2-1/2" Cylinder drill.
2-1/2" Cylinder drill.

of Carn Brea, Redruth, Cornwall.

formerly R. Stephens and Son

1913 Private company.

1914 Rock Drill Manufacturers. Employees 200. [1]

1937 Company made public.

1940 Advert for rock drills and other mining tools. [2]

WWII Largely concerned with making armaments

1945 Advert for the Climax fettling grip, an air operated vice for use in foundry and fitting shop. [3]

1950 37th AGM held. Alfred Ewing MIMechE is chairman and MD.[4]

1951 Introduced Maxam pneumatically controlled valves and air cylinders[5]

1951 Became a subsidiary of Holman Brothers

1956 Maxam products were being used for automation of industry at home and abroad[6]

1957 About two-thirds of the equity was owned by Holman Brothers[7]

1958 Holman acquired the rest of the shares; Maxam Power was established as a separate subsidiary company to develop and exploit its technology for industrial automation[8]

1961 Manufacturers of rock drills, pneumatic drills, electric coal and stone drills, electric drills, portable and stationary air compressors. Manufacturers of "Maxam" automation equipment. [9]

Presumably connected with Maxam Power

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p49
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p65
  4. The Scotsman - Friday 30 June 1950
  5. The Times, Mar 12, 1951
  6. The Times, Sep 04, 1956
  7. The Times Jul 08, 1957
  8. The Times, Aug 13, 1958
  9. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE