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of Whitworth, Lancs
1955 Public company incorporated
1957 Textile machinery maker
1969 Formed a joint venture with Solar Industries called Smith-Solartex to take over the activities of Solartex of Burnley making evaporative and other driers and Tenterflex equipment. Acquired Robert Pritchard and Sons, maker of stainless steel equipment for the textile industry..
1977 Closed the textile machinery plant in Rochdale and expanded the plant of Pritchard at Bury
By 1978 was referred to as Smith Whitworth
1987 Acquired Doctus Management Consultancy; the group was renamed Smith Doctus, a public company, but within a month the chairman had resigned