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David Brown Group

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David Brown Group plc, of Lockwood, Huddersfield

Previously David Brown Corporation

Late 1980s: David Brown Group was a specialist gears, transmissions and pumps company

1990 The Brown family disposed of its stake to the management; recruitment of new joint chief executives.

1993 The David Brown Group was floated[1] as a public company.

1993 David Brown Group purchased Hamworthy Hydraulics and Hamworthy Transmissions from Hamworthy Engineering Co; the production facility of the Transmissions part of the business was moved to the main David Brown facility in Huddersfield.

1995 Hamworthy Hydraulics was renamed David Brown Hydraulics

1996 Purchased IFP, a manufacturer of valves and pumps, of Chicago, USA (the IFP pumps were originally manufactured by Hydreco and licensed to Hamworthy).

1998 David Brown was acquired by Textron Inc. in October.

c2000 Began a major transmission overhaul project on the Challenger 2 Tank and a significant overhaul on Bradley fighting vehicle transmissions.

The business was realigned with the aim of becoming a premier supplier to heavy industrial process industry, marine and land defence industries.

2008 Clyde Blowers acquired Textron Fluid and Power Inc, including David Brown Hydraulics

The company, trading as David Brown Gear Systems Ltd, headquartered in Huddersfield, is now a leading supplier of heavy transmission systems for industrial, defence and marine applications.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, March 31, 1993