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Joseph Lucas (Industries)

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June 1953.
September 1954.
November 1955. Pathfinder Cycle Dynamo Set.
Sept 1956
May 1957.
October 1957.
October 1957.
July 1961.
April 1962.
October 1962.
February 1967.
April 1967.
October 1973.
October 1973.

Chronology of this group:

1951 Joseph Lucas Ltd changed its name to Joseph Lucas (Industries) Ltd[1]

1953 Acquired Wrexham Motor and Electrical Engineering Co.

1954 Acquired Starting, Lighting and Ignition Services (Midlands).

1954 Acquired Auto Electric Services (Stourbridge).

1954 Lucas sold Bosch Ltd back to the German parent Bosch for the sum of £25,000.

1956 Subsidiaries included:

1957 In addition, Lucas acquired a 50 per cent, interest in Siba Electric.

1958 Acquired Cox and Co (R.W.).

1959 Acquired G. and E. Bradley[2]

1960 Acquired Harry Rawlings and Co.

1961 Manufacturers of electrical equipment and accessories for motor-cycles, aircraft, cars, and cycles, including lighting sets, dynamos, dip and switch reflectors, horns, coil ignition, batteries, magnetos, lamps, mirrors, windscreen wipers, hydraulic jacks, brakes, starters, wrenches and generators. Also manufacture fuel and combustion system equipment for gas turbine engines and oil burning equipment for marine boilers. [3]

1962 Acquired Gravesend Car Electrical Co.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Wide range of products.[4]

1968 Took over its major competitor in diesel injectors in the UK, Simms Motor and Electronics Corporation[5]

1969 Acquired Keelavite Hydraulics, and Vactric Control Equipment. Also acquired Premier Precision to expand the facilities available for the Lucas Gas Turbine Equipment activity[6]

1970 Manganese Bronze Holdings sold its 50 percent interest in Siba Electric to Joseph Lucas (Industries) Ltd[7]. Acquired H. M. Hobson[8]

1971 Reorganised the aerospace-related activities including Rotax, Lucas Gas Turbine Equipment, the former Special Products Group of English Electric Co, H. M. Hobson, Vactric and Premier Precision; formed Lucas Aerospace Ltd to integrate these activities[9]

1972 Centenary of company. Now employed 100,000 persons with 60 manufacturing and distribution companies.

1974 Other subsidiaries included[10]:

1975 Joseph Lucas (Industries) Ltd changed its name to Lucas Industries; a campaign began to rebrand the subsidiary businesses as Lucas[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Dec 22, 1951
  2. The Times, Dec 15, 1959
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. 1963 Motor Show
  5. The Times Mar 29, 1968
  6. The Times, Dec 16, 1969
  7. The Times, 3 January 1970
  8. The Times, Dec 19, 1969
  9. The Times, Dec 14, 1971
  10. 1974 Annual report
  11. The Times Dec 17, 1974