Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 138,042 pages of information and 222,628 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Hoffmann Manufacturing Co ball and bearing manufacturers, of Chelmsford
1892 Ernst Gustav Hoffmann patented a ball lathe
1898 Public company formed to acquire from Mr E. G. Hoffmann of USA certain patent rights connected with the manufacture of steel balls.
1898 Built works at New Street, Chelmsford. The first single story building was erected on a 4-acre site.
1901 Single thrust bearing patented.
1901 Acquired a ball grinding patent
1903 Hoffmann left the company. Ball and roller bearings and steel rollers were added to the company's product portfolio.
1906 Factory extended.
1908 Roller bearings produced
1911 Electrical Exhibition. Ball and roller bearings.
1911 November Geoffrey Barrett is Managing Director, Paul C. Low, a Director and W. B. Mair is Works Manager
1919 March. Advert for ball and roller bearings
1920 Employing 4,750 persons.
1922 The London office of the company moved from 59, New Oxford-street to 8, Bedford-square, WC1
1927 Advert for bearings.
1931 Works cover 36 acres and employ 3,500 persons
1937 Manufacturers of ball and roller bearings, steel balls and steel rollers. "Hoffmann" Ball and Roller Bearings.
1938 Opened a factory for aerospace bearings at Stonehouse, Gloucestershire - see Hoffmann Gloucester
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers
1940 Advert. Ball and roller bearings
1945 Advert. Ball and roller bearings
1945 Hoffmann Tweedales established at Stonehouse
1961 Manufacturers of Hoffmann steel balls and rollers, ball and roller bearings.
1969 The Industrial Reorganisation Corporation supported the formation of a new bearings group Ransome Hoffmann Pollard Co by amalgamating Ransome and Marles Bearing Co, Pollard Ball and Roller Bearing Co and Hoffmann Manufacturing Co.