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Lucas Industries

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Chronology of this group:

1975 Joseph Lucas (Industries) Ltd changed its name to Lucas Industries; a campaign began to rebrand the subsidiary businesses as Lucas[1]

1975 Lucas's Simms Motor and Electronics Corporation subsidiary sold Horstman Camshafts to Weyburn Engineering[2]

1980 Sold Premier Precision Ltd (Bracknell) and Horstman Defence Systems Ltd (Bath) to Electrical and Industrial Securities [3][4]

1981 Chloride and Lucas form a joint venture reinforced with substantial government funds. The company was called Lucas Chloride EV Systems.[5]

1982 Due to a plummeting demand in America for Lucas CAV's Microjector, its US Greenville plant shut down completely for 10 weeks putting 240 production and support workers out of work.[6]

1983 Smiths Industries formed a joint venture with Lucas on vehicle control systems which was called Lucas Electrical Electronics and Systems, bringing together 5 plants from each partner [7]; Smiths would own about 20 percent of the venture[8].

Lucas Divisions included:

1996 Lucas Industries and the Varity Corporation of America merged to become LucasVarity plc[9]. Note: The first part of the Varity name is from the founder's initials - Victor. A. Rice

1999 LucasVarity was acquired by TRW, an American company.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Dec 17, 1974
  2. The Times, Feb 11, 1975
  3. The Times, Nov 29, 1980
  4. The Times, Jun 10, 1981
  5. The Engineer 1981/02/26
  6. The Engineer 1982/03/25
  7. The Times, Mar 29, 1983
  8. The Times, Apr 13, 1983
  9. The Times, October 09, 1996