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of Plymouth and Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex. Telephone: Ealing 6661 (10 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Tecalemit, 'Phone, London"

of 10 Little Portland Street, London W1.

of Maidenhead (1965)

1927 Company Established. [1]

1927 Stand No.145 at the 1927 Motor Cycle and Cycle Show at Olympia

1930 Introduced the Tecalemit Service for lubricating vehicles using high pressure lubrication

1934 Public company incorporated; the Tecalemit service was offered through about 2500 garages; owned various patents including Tecalemit, Alemite and Zerk systems of lubrication or coupling; the shares were being sold by W. H. Botsford and Co who had acquired them from a predecessor company, Tecalemit Ltd, which had been placed into voluntary liquidation[2].

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Comprehensive Lubrication and Garage Equipment. "Tecalemit", "Tecazerk", "Hydraulic", "Alemite", etc. Grease Gun Systems, Lubrication Batteries, Brake Testers, mechanical Lubricators, Air Compressors, Car Lifts, Car Washers, Tyre-Groovers, Fuel Pumps, Oil Filters. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand Nos. D.515 and D.414) [3]

1937 Lubrication specialist. "Tecalemit" Fuel Pumps, Oil Filters, Grease Guns etc. [4]

1938 Agreement with Laycock Engineering Co Ltd to manufacture and supply garage equipment that had previously been obtained from outside suppliers; Tecalemit would take over the marketing of Laycock garage equipment[5]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1940 Mechanical systems. (of Great West Road, Brentford) [6]

1945 Advert. 'The war on friction. The authority on lubrication'. [7]

1949 Advert for lubrication and servicing equipment. [8]

By 1960 had developed several new areas of business including fire fighting equipment, oil firing, industrial filtration, radar and precision components. A new area of development was plastics which had been used to make a hydraulic brake hose that had been qualified in USA. British Filters was joint venture company. Development of the Brunt variable speed motor was underway[9]

1961 Suppliers of lubrication, hydraulic and filtration equipment; also plastic products and vehicle servicing equipment. 2,500 employees. [10]

1961 Amongst subsidiaries Foamite had had an exceptional year; Gabriel Manufacturing Co was not trading well. British Filters became a wholly-owned subsidiary. Tecalemit (Engineering) Ltd was formed to hold the trading assets and activities[11]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Components including Nylon tubing; garage equipment. [12]

1964 Took licence from a US manufacturer to make coin-operated car=wash equipment in the UK[13]

1966 Acquired Merryweather and Sons which became part of the fire fighting and fire preotection division. Sold Tecalemit (Hind)[14]

Note: (08/08)

  • As the Tecalemit Garage Equipment Company Limited, the company is still in Plymouth, and has its own website: [2]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Tecalemit
  2. The Times 18 December 1934
  3. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p662; and p423
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. The Times, Nov 03, 1938
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p69
  7. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p83
  8. * The Autocar of 19th August 1949 Advert p1
  9. The Times December 16, 1960
  10. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  11. The Times December 20, 1961
  12. 1963 Motor Show
  13. The Times, February 17, 1964
  14. The Times, July 10, 1967