Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,103 pages of information and 233,633 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
1879 Company founded.
1917 Private company.
1955 Company made public.
1961 Textile machinery manufacturers, producing "Sphinx" bag printing machines, "Scimitar" cloth cutting machines, multiwall paper sack tables, shuttles, bobbins and pickers. 200 employees. 
1973/4 Stephen Rawlinson arranged to take-over the company and made each division self-managing.