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Makers of heavy duty electrical switchgear and general electrical engineers, of Higher Openshaw, Manchester.

1913 Ferranti Ltd sold its switchgear patents and stock to Ferguson, Pailin Ltd. Samuel Ferguson and George Pailin had worked for Ferranti as switchgear engineers. They left in 1913 to set up their own switchgear business at a factory in Higher Openshaw, Manchester.

1919 In voluntary liquidation[1]. Public company incorporated February, 1919.

1922 620 employees. Directors: Samuel Ferguson, James Pailin, and George Pailin, jun.


1923 Visit of the Institution of Electrical Engineers: 1923 Review

"...This visit, it should be understood, was not part of the Institution's outing. but a purely privately arranged affair which preceded the official gathering on the Tuesday morning following. Quite a number of engineers availed themselves of the invitation ad spent an interesting afternoon in inspecting the firms' shops and various forms of switchgear in the course of construction and completed. Into the history of this firm we cannot, unfortunately, find space to enter. It must suffice for us to say that at the present time it is making central station switchgear of the cellular type with breaking capacities up to a million kilovolt amperes..." Read More.


1928 Metropolitan-Vickers had acquired a controlling interest in the company[2]

1928 Purchased by AEI

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 28 January 1919
  2. The Times, Dec 06, 1928