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Griffin and George

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of Ealing Road, Alperton, Wembley, London, manufacturer/supplier of science teaching apparatus and other laboratory equipment

1954 Merger of W. and J. George and Becker and Standley, Belcher and Mason based in Ealing Road, Alperton with branch offices in Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh. A subsidiary, Griffin and George India Private Ltd., had a factory in Bombay, offices in New Delhi, Calcutta and Madras.

1954 Merger of Griffin and Tatlock with W. and J. George and Becker Ltd to become Griffin and George Ltd.

NIVOC & MICROID names were retained for basic lab essentials, glasswares, retort stands etc. (NIVOC) and education (MICROID) particularly items designed for the Nuffield curriculum

1954 Issued first catalogue of scientific instruments[1]

1958-1973 Traded at Wembley

By 1960s had acquired R. and J. Beck maker of microscopes

1960 Won order from Russia for 13 gas-liquid chromatography apparatus[2]

1961 Formed Engineering Laboratory Equipment, a joint venture with Soil Mechanics Ltd

1964 Advertised themselves as being the world largest laboratory equipment and chemical wholesalers. By this time there are a lot of products listed made by Fisher Scientific of the USA

1966 Cut-backs at the Plymouth factory[3]

1972 Acquired by Gallenkamp, a similar size business in the laboratory instrument field[4]

1977 Gallenkamp was acquired by Fisons

Griffin and George Ltd, together with T. Gerrard & Co., formed the Education Group of Fisons Scientific Equipment Division.

By 1984 was part of the scientific division of Fisons Ltd[5]

1999 Company closed.

A collection of their products is held by the London Science Museum.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Dating Scientific Instruments [1]
  2. The Times Jan. 18, 1960
  3. The Times July 27, 1966
  4. The Times Sept. 29, 1972
  5. New Scientist 20 Sep 1984