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roy one

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companies that have gone in Birmingham
« on: June 10, 2009, 07:30:05 PM »
 Birmingham  was  called the work shop of the world if it could be made it was made in and around brum

 can you name all the big companies that have gone and what they made  one for you phil can you find pictures  to go with the firms

 b.m.c longbridge
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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009, 07:45:21 PM »
Roy

I'll try my best, what you have to remember is I don't collect many modern photos. So any of mine will be around the time when they first started in business.

BMC was unheard of when this photo was taken.

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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2009, 08:12:30 PM »
hi phil that's of no matter the point of this thread is to see how the workings of Birmingham have changed over the years whats gone and whats replacing it

 the next one      the b.s.a smallheath
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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2009, 10:36:32 PM »
Accles & Pollock    - non-ferrous metals, tube specialists who made the worlds smallest in the 1950s

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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2009, 11:01:45 AM »
Roy

here is an early aerial photo of the BSA.

tramp,

I wasn't able to find a photo of Accles & Pollocks as their factory was in Oldbury and 99% of my photos are of Birmingham, but here is a little of their history.

In 1901 The general engineering company of James George Accles was renamed Accles & Pollock after receiving financial backing from Thomas Pollock. In 1901 Pollock Engineering Company acquire the rights to make the Accles-Turrell car. Then in 1910 Accles & Pollock built the world's first all-metal aircraft, the Mayfly, in their Oldbury factory, using a steel tubing structure.  Later in 1913 Accles & Pollock granted a patent for seamless tapered steel golf shafts. In 1919 The company was purchased by Tube Investments (TI)  Later developments were in 1987 Golf club shaft manufacturing becomes a separate subsidiary, TI Apollo. Then in 1996 TI sold the company to the Hay Hall Group. A little later in 1998 it was Sold to the Senior Engineering Group and in 1999 it was acquired by Tyco International.

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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2009, 12:54:58 PM »
Here is a display , now in the black country museum, of tubes made by accles & pollock which was shown at the worlds fair  in 1939

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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2009, 12:57:08 PM »
and here it is in more detail

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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2009, 01:06:59 PM »
Mike

Itís hard to believe that something as beautiful as that could be made up of tubes. It looks like lace. You canít come up with a photo of the factory can you?

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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2009, 01:10:18 PM »
I don't have one, but will have a look round. These pictures were taken at the museum last year

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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2009, 02:43:26 PM »
thanks mike it just goes to show how skillful the working men of Birmingham where they could put there hand to any thing and think its all in a days work any one got any pictures of g.k.n or Lucas or evern roots car plant in hay mills
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Re: companies that have gone in Birmingham
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2009, 04:11:13 PM »
Roy

Don't put men out of work before their time, I know chunks of GKN are now gone but I believe it still survives today. In fact I think their HQ is down in your neck of the woods.

Anyway a photo of Lucas Great King St and one of The Singer Car Co in Hay Mills as it was before it was Roots.

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