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Smethwick Drop Forgings

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November 1950.
January 1952.
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November 1954.
November 1957. SDF.
Aug 1962.

of Rolfe Street, Smethwick, West Midlands. Telephone: Smethwick 1234/5. Telegraphic Address: "Droforg, 'Phone, Birmingham".

1904 Business established, presumably becoming part of A. Harper and Sons

1933 Acquired by Hadfields

1936 Public company formed to acquire the drop forgings business of Beans Industries[1]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Drop Forgings for the Automobile, Electrical, Textile and Agricultural Machinery and General Engineering Trades. (Stand No. D.518).[2]

1937 Manufacturers of drop forgings.[3]

1961 Manufacturers of drop forgings for automobile, railway, electrical, armament and other industries, in a range of material comprising steel, alloys and non-ferrous metals. 1,000 employees.[4]

1963 Company bought by GKN.

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