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Turner Brothers Asbestos Co

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August 1899.
February 1901.
January 1902.
March 1946.
November 1947.
January 1948.
March 1948.
May 1948.
May 1950.
1951. Advert for asbestos yarns, packing, jointing etc. Also belting etc.
November 1957. Duraglas.
November 1958.

of Spotland, Rochdale and 120 Fenchurch Street, London, EC. (1914)

c.1880 after the formation of the United Asbestos Co, John Bell acquired samples of crysotile asbestos from Canada; he then sought advice from a Lancashire cotton spinner and weaver, Samuel Turner, who entered an agreement to supply woven asbestos to John Bell. When that agreement came to an end, Turner Brothers Asbestos Co entered the market as competitors[1].

1887 Exhibited asbestos in the crude state, prepared fibre, yarn, cordage, and cloth. Packings in variety for locomotive, stationary and marine engines. Jointing Material in various forms for steam and hydraulic purposes. Compound Cement for steam and water joints. Non-conducting composition for covering boilers and steam-pipes. Ground asbestos. Miscellaneous Packings. Belting. Woven Seamless Hose for fire brigades. The Gripwell Belting Syrup.

1913 Instead of expanding at Rochdale, the company built a new factory at Trafford Park, Manchester[2].

1914 Manufacturers of Asbestos Goods, Hair and Balata Beltings, Pipe and Boiler Coverings, Asbestos Roofings etc. Specialities: "Permanite" Compressed Asbestos Fibre Jointing, "Codifex" Packings, "Lomoto" Packings, "Veelos" and No.1 Balata Beltings, "Tower" and "Gripwell" Hair Beltings, Pipe and Boiler Coverings, "Ægis" Asbestos-Cement Slates and Sheets, "Firefly" Asbestos Roofings etc. [3]

1920 Private company. One of the 4 companies that merged to form Turner and Newall.

1937 Asbestos and belting manufacturers. [4]

1945 Advert for asbestos packing and jointing. Belting. [5]

1949 Opening of new factory in Hindley Green, South Lancashire.

1961 Manufacturers of asbestos textiles, packings and jointings; conveyor, elevator and power transmission beltings and plastics reinforcement materials. 4,500 employees. [6]

1961 Acquired stock, items of plant and the goodwill of George MacLellan and Co.

1965 Acquired most of the plant and the goodwill of Albion Asbestos Co Ltd., a small manufacturer of asbestos textiles.

Incorporated with Turner and Newall company, Glass Fabrics, of Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

Asbestos rope lagging has been increasingly replaced by pre-formed calcium silicate sections (asbestos-based and asbestos-free) for pipe lagging.

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Sources of Information

  1. Friday, 7 December 1928
  2. The Times, 15 January 1913
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p148
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE