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Vero Precision Engineering

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1959. Turret-head drilling machine.

of Southampton.

1955 Private company High Precision Engineering Ltd was established by Geoffrey Verdon-Roe, son of Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe[1] [2] to acquire the business of Weir Precision Engineering Ltd.

1956 To avoid confusion with the name of another company, Verdon Roe changed the company's name to Vero Precision Engineering[3]

Initially attracted many contracts from the Ministry of Defence and the infant nuclear industry. Later had to shift into more standardised products.

1959 Developed a programme-controlled turret-head drilling machine[4]

Two of Vero's engineers came up with the idea of pre-made printed wiring, whch they used whilst making some electronic equipment for machine tool control. Somebody in the company (another report says it was Verdon-Roe) was sufficiently foresighted to appreciate the commercial potential of the idea, with the result that Veroboard became a staple for the electronics industry of the 1960s[5].

1959 US Patent application on a method of making wiring boards where an insulating board is provided with a regular pattern of strips of copper or other electrically conducting material bonded to the board and is perforated by a multiplicity of regularly distributed holes which extend at spaced intervals through the conducting strips[6], something which came to be known as Vero Board.

1961 Precision engineers and merchants and dealers in machines and other tools. [7]

1961 Formation of Vero Electronics.

1964 The Aviation Division of S. Smith and Sons (England) Ltd. purchased a second autodrill from Vero Precision Engineering Ltd., because the first one had proved so successful. On one order for 50-off navigational instruments the Company had shown a very favourable saving on tooling costs. The majority of tools concerned would have involved a large percentage of jig boring with a commensurate high hourly rate being charged[8]

1969 When Vero Machine Tools was acquired by Tube Investments[9], the other companies, Vero Precision Engineering, Vero N. C. Developments and Vero Electronics, were not affected by the deal.

1969 Verdon-Roe left the UK to live in Portugal

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. History of Middlesex Tool & Gauge Company [1]
  2. The Times, March 27, 1997
  3. Flight 6 April 1956 [2]
  4. The Engineer 1959/12/11, 208(5420), pp 775-6
  5. Practical Electronics December 1966 [3]
  6. US 3148438 A
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 36 Issue 1,1964
  9. The Times, Apr 09, 1969
  • The Times, March 27, 1997