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J. H. Fenner and Co (Holdings)

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June 1969.
June 1969.
1980. Power Transmission.
1980. Fluid Power.

Successor to J. H. Fenner and Co

1964 The holding company held the Annual General Meeting.

1965 Acquired Bostock and Bramley.[1]

1970 The Group made its first acquisition in the USA.

1976 Acquired Charles Weston and Co, merging it with the existing Pioneer Oilsealing and Moulding Co. division, an established manufacture of high volume water pump and rubber seals predominately for the automotive sector. The merged company was called Pioneer Weston.

1970s J. H. Fenner moved into bearings distribution with the acquisition of Dick Bearings (presumably) to complement other power transmission products. Fenner thereby acquired a distribution centre and 14 branches that combined with the existing branch network to form the first nation-wide bearings and power transmission service in the UK.

1978 Acquired James Dawson and Son

Alongside its increasing global reputation in conveyor belting, Fenner continued to develop product areas which made use of its knowledge of polymeric materials together with its product, application and manufacturing expertise; these areas included power transmission which remains an important part of Fenner Drives and Fenner Precision.

By 1980 the business divisions were Fluid Power and Power Transmission (see adverts)

1985 Hawker Siddeley, which had held one quarter of the equity, sold its interest in the the company[2]

Presumably later became Fenner plc

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, September 29, 1965
  2. HS 1985 Annual report