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Scottish Machine Tool Corporation

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April 1946.
May 1950.
January 1953.
February 1959.
1964. 5ft by 5ft by 14ft Loudon planing machine.

Scottish Machine Tool Corporation of Glasgow.

1937 Public company formed[1] as an amalgamation of: James Bennie and Sons Ltd., G. and A. Harvey, Glasgow; Loudon Brothers Ltd, Johnstone; Craig and Donald Ltd, Johnstone; and James Allan Senior and Sons Ltd, Glasgow; the 4 machine tool companies had been profitable until 1921 when there was a recession in the heavy industries they served; all retained their separate autonomy, even though they had amalgamated. [2]

1961 Manufacturers of heavy and medium duty machine and shipyard tools, planing machines, turning lathes, wheel lathes and railway plant, tapping, boring and milling machines; power presses, press brakes and special purpose machine. 650 group employees. [3]

1965 Merged with Bennetts Machine Tool Centre and the Manchester Machinery Centre[4], private companies controlled by Andrew Bennett and Harold Creighton.

1965 Reverse take-over by Andrew Bennett and Harold Creighton (who had previously owned Tate Machine Tool Co and later bought The Spectator magazine)[5]

1968 Acquired by Unochrome International[6]

1974 Wilkins and Mitchell bought the Glasgow machine tool business of Scottish Machine Tool Corporation, wholly-owned offshoot of Unochrome Intl[7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 18, 1937
  2. [1]Archives Hub - Records of James Bennie & Sons Ltd
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. The Times, Oct 14, 1965
  5. The Times, Apr 12, 1967
  6. The Times, Dec 24, 1968
  7. The Times, May 30, 1974