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Sulzer Brothers

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1865 steam engine at the Deutsches Museum. Described as the 'First precision valve steam engine'.
1873. Horizontal Engine.
1873. Horizontal Engine.
1889. 400 hp compound engine.
1895. Brandt rock drill.
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Type 1D25. 25 hp at 240 rpm. Exhibit at Internal Fire Museum of Power.
February 1911.
November 1912. Sulzer fire-extinguishing centrifugal pump for the Daimler motor fire engine.
November 1912. Sulzer motor fire-engine for the Compagnie Francaise des Automobiles de Place, Levallois-Perret.
November 1912. Details of a Sulzer fire-extinguishing centrifugal pump.
November 1912. Standard Sulzer fire-extinguishing centrifugal pump.
1922. 200 H.P. Diesel Electric Railway Coach.
May 1929.
1934. Refrigerating plant for an open-air ice rink.
1947. Central Research Laboratory.
1947. Material Testing Machine Hall.

of Switzerland

Office at 31 Bedford Square, London W.C.1.

Sulzer Ltd. is a Swiss industrial engineering and manufacturing firm established as Sulzer Brothers Ltd. in 1834 in Winterthur, Switzerland. Today it is a publicly owned company with international subsidiaries. The company's shares are listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.

In 1851 Charles Brown was invited to start building steam locomotives at Sulzer Brothers in Winterthur.

Sulzer Brothers helped develop shuttleless weaving, and their core business was loom manufacture. Rudolf Diesel worked for Sulzer in 1879, and in 1893 Sulzer bought certain rights to diesel engines. Sulzer built their first diesel engine in 1898.

Sulzer developed a series of traction engines in the 1930's and 1940's which were used extensively in the UK, Europe and South America . A small number were used in locomotives in South Africa and Australia. Several experimental diesels were built in the US.

1932 Private company.

1936 Took over the business of Hathorn, Davey and Co of Leeds

1961 Mechanical engineers producing diesel engines for marine, stationary and railway traction purposes; gas turbines; axial and centrifugal compressors for blast furnace and similar duties; pumping installations for water supply, sewage, drainage and similar purposes; boiler feed and circulating pumps for power stations; high pressure pipelines for hydro-electric undertakings; heating, ventilation and air conditioning for factories and commerical buildings; boiler plant; automatic weaving machines for cottons, woollens and worsteds; special plant for the chemical industries; castings and a wide variety of ancillary and associated equipment. 1,000 employees. [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10