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Manesty Machines

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Manesty Machines Ltd., of Speke, Liverpool, makers of machinery for pharmaceutical, chemical, plastics and other industries (MM)

Thompson and Capper became associated with Stokes Machine Co. of Philadelphia and started to produce tablet presses under the name of Manesty at the Liverpool factory.

The firm’s principal product was tablet compressing machinery and related equipment.

1946 Acquired by John Holroyd and Co.

1964 Holroyds was acquired by Renold Chains

1969 Queen’s Award to Industry, 1969 and 1971, and related papers

1972 New factory built for Manesty to separate the business from the Holroyd gear cutting activities[1]

1990 Acquired from Renold by Barry Wehmiller[2]

Now operates as BWI Manesty, producing modern tablet presses.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 12, 1972
  2. The Times, January 19, 1990
  • [1] Manchester Archives: catalogues, 1935, 1938 (photocopies); correspondence, circa 1941 and 1971, giving details of firm’s history (2 items,); ‘Tablet Making,’ A. Little and K. A. Mitchell, 1963; photographs of machinery, 1937 onwards (53 items) and high speed tablet machine, 1970.