William Ayrton and Co
William Ayrton and Co of Gorebrook Ironworks, Longsight, Manchester
1870 Company founded.
formerly Shepherd and Ayrton
1892 'Mr. Ayrton, the head of this house, has succeeded to the proprietorship of the patents of the late Mr. Wm. Weild, whose valuable invention of an automatic spooling machine attracted so much attention and won such high approval at the great exhibitions of London (1862) and Paris (1867). This spooling machine continues to be the leading speciality of the house; and maintains its unsurpassed position as a thoroughly practical and effective apparatus. It won a gold medal at Paris in 1867, and gained a prize medal at London in 1862, “for judicious arrangement and fitness of the several parts and their adaptation to the object intended, combined with good workmanship.”
'At one time the spooling of sewing cotton and silk was done exclusively by machines requiring a great deal of hand labour in placing the spools, guiding the cotton or silk, severing the same when the spools were filled, making the notch at the end of the spool, and securing the end of the silk or cotton into the notch. But this method is being rapidly superseded by the very ingenious self-acting machines invented by Messrs. W. Weild & Co., and manufactured by Wm. Ayrton & Co., of Gorebrook Ironworks, Manchester. ..... Messrs. William Ayrton & Co. also make a special feature of Patent Improved Jacquard Card-Cutting, Card-Lacing, and Repeating Machines, including Piano Reading-in Machines. They also intend making a speciality of oil-cloth machinery. .... and their manufacture of Higgins’ Carding Engines is well-known and much esteemed. ..... '
1929 Private company.
1936 Balling machines, card winders and thread spooling machines. 
1961 Manufacturers of textile winding machinery.