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Wire rope manufacturer, of Doncaster

1974 British Ropes changed the name of the parent company to Bridon Ltd, with four subsidiary companies in the UK and Europe, comprising:

1984 Acquired the wire businesses of Martin-Black[1]

1989 Acquired Lionweld Kennedy, Richard Johnson and Nephew and Fox Wire

1997 Acquired by FKI[2].

2008 FKI was acquired by Melrose

2011 Invested in a new facility at Newcastle making wire ropes for the offshore oil and gas industry[3]

2014 Melrose sold Bridon.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 22, 1984
  2. Funding Universe [1]
  3. The Times, August 25, 2011