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of Enfield and of Aldermaston
1939 The Sterling Cable Company Ltd was incorporated.
1948 Sterling Cable Co (Aldermaston) Ltd was formed by merging Sterling Cable Co and Lancashire Cables. Public company - Sterling Cable Co - formed by renaming the Aldermaston company. The operations at Enfield were transferred to Aldermaston
1950 Serious fire at the Aldermaston premises
1961 Electric cable manufacturers. 475 employees.
1961/2 Cossor Group was acquired by Raytheon, the United Kingdom subsidiary of the Raytheon Manufacturing Co of Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.
1968 Sterling was still a public company at this date
1975 Acquired Greengate Cables Ltd of Trafford Park, Manchester, specialising in rubber and elastomeric technology.
1983 The various companies were merged to form Sterling Greengate Cable Company Ltd.
1986 The Trafford Park factory was closed; some of its elastomeric business was transferred to Aldermaston.
1989 Raytheon sold the company to BICC
1990 Sterling Greengate was the sixth largest cablemaker in the United Kingdom. It employed 611 people. Mains cables were produced at Warrington; PVC armoured wiring, elastomeric wiring cables and small mains cables information, control and instrumentation cables were produced at Aldermaston.
1990 The MMC cleared the acquistion. BICC closed the Aldermaston factory and transferred the business to other factories in the group