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T. Robinson & Son of Railway Works, Rochdale.
1838 Company established by Thomas Robinson (1787-1859) as timber merchants, joiners and carpenters; they became well known for woodworking and flour mill machinery.
1846 Started to produce woodworking machinery.
Thomas's son John joined the business at a young age.
1859 Thomas died; John took over the business and rapidly developed it through engineering, developing novel cutting machinery.
1865 Robinson's history, products, and factory were described in the Rochdale Observer.
1867 Built the Hugon non-compression double-acting gas engine in five sizes (up to 4 nhp). A 1/2 HP example from 1867 is on display at the Anson Engine Museum. Edward Casper was the UK licensee (Pierre-Constant Hugon of Paris being the inventor). . See photo.
1870 Exhibited wood-working machinery at Oxford. Their stand was full of machines driven by a 10 hp vertical engine and boiler.
1876 Roller feed planing machine is the largest ever made. Weighs forty tons and the frame is 30ft long. 
1877 John Robinson died
1880 Private limited company incorporated with John's eldest son, James, as chairman.
1881 Built their first steam locomotive.
1882 It was not until 1882 that they appreciated that flour milling machinery was an ideal opportunity for further expansion of their company. With existing pattern shops, foundries, fully equipped fitting and erection shops they had considerable advantages.
1883 Exhibited an improved combined vertical engine with boiler, designed especially for saw mills where small power is required.
1884 Thomas Robinson and Sons announced that they could equip a complete flour mill with their own make of machinery.
1884 Second locomotive built.
1884 See The Engineer 1884/11/14 for description of a visit to the works.
1889 Paris Exhibition. Roller flour mill and wood-working machinery. 
1892 James died; his younger brother Thomas became chairman
1893 Public company. The company was registered on 5 May, to take over the engineering and machine-making business of a private limited company of the same name. 
1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Circular saws and other machinery. 
1894 Description of visit to their works in 'The Engineer' (p120). 7 acres and employ 1,200 men. 
1894 Grain elevating and distribution plant for Sun Flour Mills, Bromley.
1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Grand Prix Diploma for Machinery and Machine Tools and Gold Medal for Small Machinery. 
1900 The Paris Exhibition. Showed a dozen machines for wood-working. Article and Illustrations. 
1909 After Thomas's death, his younger brother Charles, became chairman
1911 Royal Agricultural Show. Four milling appliances and wood-working machinery. 
1914 Listed as wood-working and flour milling engineers. Specialities: wood-working machinery specially for shipbuilding yards, dockyards, engineers' pattern shops, railway carriage and wagon works; grain cleaning and flour milling machinery, band conveyors and elevators. Employees 1,300. 
1920 Showed flour milling machinery at the Darlington Agricultural Show. 
1920 Large article about their Vertical Band saw and Rack bench in 'The Engineer' 31st December 1920 p658. 
1923 Wood-working engineers of Rochdale, moved their offices from 79, Queen Victoria-street E.C.4, to Abbey House, 2 Victoria-street, Westminster.
1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history
1937 Charles Robinson retired from the chairmanship
1950-55 Furnished the full set of machinery for 8 secret underground flour mills in Malta during the Cold War 
1961 Engineers and machine makers handling machine tools, woodworking and flour milling machinery. 1,050 employees. 
Both Henry Simon Ltd and Thomas Robinson and Son had expanded continuously for over a century, dedicating a high percentage of their production to the export of cereal milling machinery. Consequently their plant and equipment can be found in most countries.
1991 The business was acquired by the Satake Corporation, to form Satake Robinson UK Ltd, later Satake UK Ltd.
1998 The UK Division was formed and the business was moved, together with ESM (UK), to newly acquired premises in Bredbury. The move, coincidentally, brought the UK company back to where it manufactured flour milling machinery 85 years previously.