Vintage Machinery News #1: Bradford Bags, Italian Machine Tools and More

Posted By Tom Feltham on 25 March 2014

Posted in The Vintage Machinery Almanac

Vintage Machinery News brings you the hot topics of the past from classic equipment and machinery publications. This week’s news comes from Practical Engineering 1940 Vol 1 No.1.

Skilled Engineers Released

The London Passenger Transport Board has decided to release a number of skilled engineers in their employ for work in munitions factories. Many of them are men who left the engineering trade during the slump.

“Bradford Bags”

A Shortage of Bradford bags— the small cloth -bags in which nuts, bolts and rivets are kept—is causing some embarrassment in the nut, bolt and rivet trade. Bag-manufacturers state that they are now being asked to pay £26 per ton for the material from which the bags are made, as compared with £6 before the war. Paper bags have proven unsuccessful substitutes.

New Iron and Steel Controller

Colonel Sir W. Charles Wright, Bt., K.B.E., C.B., has been appointed Controller of Iron and Steel in Great Britain in succession to Sir Andrew Duncan, the new President of the Board of Trade. Sir Charles Wright is chairman of Guest, Keen, Baldwins Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., and Baldwins Ltd., and in the last war he was controller of iron and steel production in the Ministry of Munitions from 1917 to 1919.

Italian Machine Tools

A number of British firms are stated to have placed large orders for machine tools in Italy recently.

Next President of F.B.I.

Lord Dudley Gordon, the ex-president of the British Engineers Association and chairman of J. & E. Hall, Ltd., engineers, of Dartford, has been nominated for the presidency of the Federation of British Industries for the coming year. Lord Gordon represents the engineering industry on the Advisory Council of the Board of Trade.

Female Engineers

It is believed that one result of the "dilution" schemes for the engineering industry, at present under discussion, will be that by the end of the war more than 500,000 women will be at work in engineering workshops on the production of munitions.

LeMaire Machine Tools

The Broadway Engineering Co., Ltd., of Carlisle Road, Hendon, London, N.W.9, have been appointed sole European agents for LeMaire Tool and Manufacturing Company of Dearborn, Michigan. The company have recently introduced a new shell-centreing machine and a new automatic grinder, and we hope to publish details of these in an early issue of Practical Engineering.

New Birlec Branch in Australia

Mr. Alan E. Pickles, assistant sales manager of Birmingham Electric Furnaces, Ltd., is now on his way to Australia to take up a new position as general manager of a branch which is to be established in Sydney, N.S.W. Mr. Pickles, who is a graduate of Birmingham University, has been associated with Birlec for more than 10 years. Two of the company's expert employees —a furnace designer and a furnace erector—-have preceded him to assist in the new enterprise.

Check back later from more machinery news from Practical Engineering 1940 Vol 1 No.1.