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British Industrial History

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May 1947.
November 1947.
October 1951.
January 1952.
May 1952.
February 1959.
May 1961. List of Philidas users.

of Harmondsworth (1947)

of Knottingley (1951)

1922 Company founded

1942 Private company (presumably as an associate of R. K. Dundas)

1946 Company made public

1946 Was a subsidiary of Miles Aircraft; it had been formed to produce a patented lock nut.[1]

1948 Acquired by W. E. Hughes and Co Ltd, including 50 percent holding in Metaplast (England) Ltd, holders of rights from a US company to make coating of plastic products with metal.

1949 Philidas production was moved to Hughes's factory at Ferrybridge[2]

1951 Name changed.

1959 Name changed - parent company, Ferrybridge Industries, became Pollard Ball and Roller Bearing Co[3]

1959 Part of Whitehouse Industries

1961 Manufacturers of ball and roller bearings.

1989 Williams Holdings sold the company (acquired as part of Pilgrim House) to B. Elliott and Co[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 21, 1946
  2. The Times, Sep 01, 1949
  3. The Times, May 04, 1959
  4. The Times, April 19, 1989