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Crypton Equipment

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March 1938.
December 1939.
Exhibit at the Dover Transport Museum.
Crypton Fast Charger c1940s-50s?
March 1945.
March 1945.
January 1946. Battery Chargers.
November 1946.
January 1957.

Crypton Equipment of Park Royal, London, of Bridgwater, Somerset. Now Crypton, of Birmingham.

1890 A business was established under the name of Newton (Newton Electrical Works?) to manufacture electric motors and generators.

1920s The business developed testing equipment for the motor industry. This business was then sold to Lancashire Dynamo and Motor Co, who wanted to expand their garage equipment interests.

1932/3 Lancashire Dynamo and Motor Co amalgamated with Crypto Electrical Co, forming Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto[1].

1936 Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto formed a subsidiary company: Crypton Equipment Ltd to deal with the company's battery charging, cinema and rectifier business[2].

1936 Produced one of the world's first engine testers.

1950s Pioneered the concept of 'area testing' and the use of oscilloscopes in testing.

1956 Was a subsidiary of Lancashire Dynamo Holdings Ltd[3]. Makers of specialised automotive and aircraft servicing equipment, and metal rectifiers for industrial applications.

1961 Manufacturers of automobile engine, battery and electrical testing and servicing equipment. 300 employees. [4]

1960s Research into computer controlled equipment

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Engine performance equipment. [5]

1967 Became part of Thorn Electrical Industries when it acquired Metal Industries

1968 Thorn Electrical Industries acquired Triangle of Hyde, and amalgamated it with Crypton Equipment to form Crypton Triangle[6].

1970 Thorn sold Crypton Triangle to Tube Investments[7].

2012 Bought by Continental of Germany.

2020 Company website - Crypton's History.

The original art deco factory frontage in Bridgwater survives, bearing the Crypto name.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 14 March 1933
  2. The Times, 21 February 1936
  3. The Times, 6 June 1956
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. 1963 Motor Show
  6. The Times, 28 July 1970
  7. The Times, 28 July 1970
  • CryptonTechnology [1]