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of Darlaston (1937)
of Wilton Road, London (1961)
1919 Incorporated as a private company for the purposes of taking over Wellman-Seaver and Head, steel works engineers and contractors, and James Smith Hoisting Machinery Co Ltd, specialists in dockside cranes and hoisting machinery of all sorts. Also purchased the engineering department of Messrs Rubery, Owen and Co.
1924 Company made public.
1925 Order for cranes to build the Sydney Harbour bridge.
1925 Acquired controlling interest in Wellman-Seaver-Morgan Co of Cleveland, Ohio in order to prevent it amalgamating with another company that would have been against the British company's interests. Assimilated the designs of coke oven machinery and gas producers from the US company
1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history.
1932 Working arrangement with Newton, Chambers and Co to consolidate their interests in the iron and steel industries; Newton Chambers had acquired shares in Wellman and placed directors on the board.
1934 Orders had picked up after several years of depressed trade in the British iron and steel industry
WWII Constructed many plants for making shells, some of which were exported; also made and fitted bridge laying equipment to tanks; supplied parts for Mulberry Harbour and Pluto. Added a research station which would also be of future value.
1952 Opened branch engineering workshop at Kirkby in Liverpool and design office in Glasgow.
1960 Due to the increase in business in furnace construction, especially for oxygen steel-making processes, a new subsidiary was formed Wellman Smith Owen (Furnaces) Ltd including electric furnaces which were built under licence from Italy. Had acquired Robinson and Kershaw structural engineers of Dukinfield in 1959. Ross Valve Division was continuing to experience increased business. Agreement with Schloemann AG to design and construct steel mills.
1961 Steelworks' engineers, furnace and crane builders.
1961 Acquired Incandescent Heat Co Ltd which provided diversification as well as some reinforcement of existing business lines. Would establish a Wellman-Incandescent branch in India. New subsidiaries established were Wellman Rolling Mills Ltd and Wellman Crane and Machine Co Ltd
1963 Formation of Wellman Incandescent International to handle international sales for the group's companies. Increasing diversification of the group's business, serving a wider range of industries than just iron and steel.
1965 Name changed to Wellman Engineering Corporation; business divided into 5 major groups:
1967 Wellman Incandescent Natural Gas Systems was formed which could call on other parts of thw Wellman Group, specifically Incandescent Heat Co, W. S. O. Furnaces, Brayshaw Furnaces, Controlled Heat and Air, Manchester Furnace Co, Selas Gas and Engineering Co.
1969 Clarke, Chapman and Co took over the 3 heavy-crane making companies in the Wellman Engineering Corporation with backing from the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, namely parts of Wellman Machines and Wellman Structures, and also Wellman Boyd.
1972 Successful performance in difficult times because of earlier reorganisation and diversification. Albert Mann operations transferred from Clacton to Darlaston and included in new division - Wellman Mechanical Engineering - which also included Wellman Mechanical Equipment Ltd and Process Engineering.
Took over Edwin Danks and Co which later became Wellman Robey
1982 Under the Lazard scheme to reduce capacity in castings, the Wellman Alloys foundry was closed
1985 Established Wellman Process Engineering Ltd as a separate business specialising in evaporation and crystallisation processes.
2013 Wellman consisted of 3 parts: Wellman Robey for boilers, Wellman Furnace Engineering, and Wellman Process Engineering.
Boiler service and full support to many types of boiler plant. Boilers supported by Wellman Robey include:
Manufacture and install all major types of furnaces plus exothermic and endothermic gas generators, maintain them, and upgrade to the latest standards. Incorporated many famous names in UK furnace building including:
Specialists in evaporation and crystallisation processes.
Provide process, electrical and mechanical design, project management, site erection supervision, and commissioning. Licenced technology from Swenson Technology Inc.