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R. and J. Dick

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July 1900.
December 1929.
May 1938.
1943. Dickrope.


April 1946.
May 1950.
1957. Dixel V-Rope.
1960. Dixlink.

of Greenhead Works, Glasgow, SE. Telephone: Bridgeton 3135/6/7. Telegraphic Address: "Guttapercha, Glasgow". (1937)

1846 Company founded.

1908 Public company.

1921 Managing Director Oliver H. Porter was occidentally shot and died. [1]

1925 Patent - Improvements in and relating to driving belts.

1927 Advert for Dicks original balata belting [2]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. "Dickbalata" Belting, various forms. "Dixit" and "Ruberix" Belting for acid and high temperatures; for power transmission, conveying and electircal purposes. "Dickbalata" Element Driving Rope, I.R. Vee Rope, Horse Shoe Pads. "Pickers" for Looms, "Hydraulic Pumping Washers", etc. (Stand No. D.313) [3]

1937 Belting manufacturers. [4]

1940 Advert for ropes / belts for drives. [5]

1945 Advert for Dixel ropes 'the super drive'. [6]

1961 Products of the Dick Group include "Dick's" original balata belting, "Dicit" belting, "Ruberix" belting, "Dixel" diving rope, "Dickropes-Plus" rubber vee rope, "Dixlink" laminated vee belt, "Dixylon" plastic belting for speeds up to 10,000 feet per minute, power transmission equipment and balata sundries, including valves, traps, cable, suspenders and washers. 235 employees. [7]

1962 Acquired by Pollard Ball and Roller Bearing Co[8]

1964 Patent - Improvements relating to the mounting of pulleys or the like on shafts.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1921/07/29
  2. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p53
  3. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 355
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p37
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p48
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times, Jun 26, 1963
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