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Hardy Spicers Ltd

Richarddye

master brummie
Richard. I am too confused! I had not long been at Hardy Spicer when this fatal accident happened. The names are unreliable, certainly not Peter Wheeler could have been John Washbourne.
Jim, appreciate the response!
Have a wonderful rest of the day!
 

Malcog

proper brummie kid
My company runs the software for GKN Driveline, we knew the plans of the parent company. when the asset stripper Melrose bought GKN the writing was on the wall. First GKN Aerospace in Kings Norton (was Triplex) was closed, and next is Erdington which has a valuable asset - land for new houses !
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Hardy Spicer, as part of the Birfield Industries group had a medium size factory making universal joints for cars on the corner of Birch Rd and Brookvale Rd in Witton . I worked in a nearby Birfield factory which supplied forgings to HSP. Both factories are highlighted in the photos below.

The original factory ....
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HSP developed a 'constant velocity' joint needed for front wheel drive cars (Mini) and moved to a much larger site on the Chester Rd.

GKN made a successful takeover of Birfield Industries in 1966 and eventually became a global supplier of car transmissions with factories in many parts of the world. I watched all this happening and travelled and worked in factories ranging from Sanford in North Carolina, Trier in Germany, and Poissy in France.

Over recent years I've watched much of it close down. The GKN factory I worked in at Great Barr was demolished to make way for a supermarket (never built) and the large modern plants in Sanford NC have been closed and demolished.

I retired just before the decline and closures started and admit to being a Melrose Industries shareholder. They compulsorily purchased my GKN shares ...:rolleyes:

Electric cars appear to be the 'future' and will probably move to direct computer controlled motors on each wheel needing different transmissions.

for some background information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardy_Spicer
 
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Richarddye

master brummie
Hardy Spicer, as part of the Birfield Industries group had a medium size factory making universal joints for cars on the corner of Birch Rd and Brookvale Rd in Witton . I worked in a nearby Birfield factory which supplied forgings to HSP. Both factories are highlighted in the photos below.

The original factory ....
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images source ... 'britainfromabove'

HSP developed a 'constant velocity' joint needed for front wheel drive cars (Mini) and moved to a much larger site on the Chester Rd.

GKN made a successful takeover of Birfield Industries in 1966 and eventually became a global supplier of car transmissions with factories in many parts of the world. I watched all this happening and travelled and worked in factories ranging from Sanford in North Carolina, Trier in Germany, and Poissy in France.

Over recent years I've watched much of it close down. The GKN factory I worked in at Great Barr was demolished to make way for a supemarket (never built) and the large modern plants in Sanford NC have been closed and demolished.

I retired just before the decline and closures started and admit to being a Melrose Industries shareholder. They compulsorily purchased my GKN shares ...:rolleyes:

Electric cars appear to be the 'future' and will probably move to direct computer controlled motors on each wheel needing different transmissions.

for some background information visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardy_Spicer

oldMohawk, a disappointing story! I had a good friend who was new apprentice at the Birch Rd plant I believe. When I came to the US I worked for a company that had a large plant in Fayetteville N C which was a short distance from Sanford as you know. We used to do what was called “best practices” with Hard Spicer and when they became GKN who I also knew vey well.
Change is inevitable but companies can change if they are allowed. Once apron a time there were no CV joints, now they are everywhere!
 
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