E. and H. P. Smith
Wholesaler of electrical and wireless goods, of Birmingham
Later, general engineers and makers of specialised machine tools
1924 Midland Auto Componentsestablished in Birmingham by Ernest and Harold Percival Smith
1935 Company formed to acquire Midland Auto Components.
1936 Public company incorporated
1961 Acquired Erdington Jig and Tool and S. T. Pemberton
By 1963 the company was described as "engineers and machine tool makers".
1965 Having failed to acquire Villiers, the companies agreed to co-operate in certain areas.
1967 Sold Enfield Cycle Co Ltd to Norton-Villiers; the assets of the Enfield Diesel Engine Division had been sold previously and certain assets of the Pedal Cycle and Spares Division had been transferred to Enfield Precision Engineers, another E. and H. P. Smith company. Norton-Villiers placed a contract with Enfield Precision Engineers for manufacture of the 750cc Royal Enfield Interceptor motorcycle .
1969 Pacific Holding Corporation of the USA made a substantial cash injection and obtained up to 46 percent of the enlarged capital of the company
1972 Shares suspended for 7 months for the injection of Bryanston Holdings, the industrial arm of Bryanston Finance, whose interest in the group was over 70 percent
1972 E. and H. P. Smith changed its name to Amalgamated Industrials with support of Bryanston Holdings in December, and changed its focus from engineering to internal growth activities and acquisitions.
1973 Sold most of the electrical engineering activities to ESB Corp of USA, including the Nottingham-based Ariel group which included Ariel Pressings, makers of components for televisions, etc, Quality Audio Supplies and Verity Fans (Holdings)
1975/6 Bid for the rest of Herbert Morris but this was blocked by the Monopolies Commission, which led to regulations requiring disclosure of smaller interests than previously, and of the true owners of bidding companies. The Commission recommended that Amalgamated divest much of its existing holding.
By 1978 all of the ordinary shares were held by Seton Trust
1981 Options granted to Johnson and Firth Brown to acquire 4 subsidiary companies became the basis for a legal case against Johnsons which they eventually won.
Sources of Information
- The Times, Mar 11, 1936
- The Times, Mar 07, 1936
- The Times, Jul 28, 1943
- The Times, Nov 28, 1961
- The Times, Jul 19, 1963
- The Times, Jun 15, 1964
- The Times, Dec 01, 1964
- The Times, 9 March 1967
- The Times, Dec 30, 1967
- The Times, Nov 17, 1969
- The Times, Sep 10, 1970
- The Times, Oct 16, 1970
- The Times, Dec 13, 1972
- The Times, Mar 20, 1973
- The Times, Sep 17, 1973
- The Times, Jan 24, 1974
- The Times, Nov 28, 1974
- The Times, May 07, 1976
- The Times, Oct 05, 1978
- The Times, May 20, 1980