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Brush Electrical Machines
Brush Electrical Machines
is a manufacturer of large generators for gas turbine and steam turbine drive applications, based at Loughborough
Loughborough
in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

Contents

1 History 2 Aircraft manufacture 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] In 1879, a company was established in Lambeth London, called the Anglo-American Brush Electric
Electric
Light Corporation. Its formation was to exploit the invention of Charles Francis Brush, who was born in Cleveland
Cleveland
Ohio
Ohio
in 1849 and who had invented his first electric dynamo in 1876. He founded a company called the American Brush Company, which stayed in business in the USA until about 1891. As the business grew in Lambeth due to the demand for new electrical apparatus, larger premises were required and the Anglo-American Brush Electric
Electric
Light Corporation moved 100 miles north to the Falcon Works at Loughborough in 1889. In 1914, the company began manufacturing Ljungstrom steam turbines under licence. Over the next sixty years the business grew by acquisitions until in 1957 the Brush companies were incorporated into the Hawker Siddeley Group under the new name of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company Limited. Within the Hawker Siddeley
Hawker Siddeley
Group the company manufactured a vast range of electrical products including; turbo-generators, salient pole machines, induction motors, traction motors and generators, traction locomotives, switchgear, transformers and fuses. In November 1991 Hawker Siddeley
Hawker Siddeley
Electric
Electric
Power Group was subject to a hostile takeover bid of £1.5 billion from BTR plc, the large engineering conglomerate. The bid was successful so the Brush companies then became part of the BTR organisation. The most recent change in Brush’s history occurred in November 1996 when the FKI Group of Companies acquired the Hawker Siddeley
Hawker Siddeley
Electric
Electric
Power Group from BTR for a price of £182 million. On 1 July 2008, Melrose plc
Melrose plc
completed the acquisition with FKI, Melrose being a specialist investor in the manufacturing industry, is now registered on the London Stock Exchange.[1] As stated on its website, "Melrose buys good manufacturing businesses with strong fundamentals whose performance can be improved. Melrose finances its acquisitions using a low level of leverage, improves the businesses by a mixture of investment and changed management focus, sells them and returns the proceeds to shareholders", and it seeks to improve returns to shareholders by working with divisional managers to help improve margins and generate sustainable cash flows and profitable growth.[2] The takeover and new management impacted morale, trust and employee engagement with the long-standing skilled workforce, with the result of relationships between management and trade unions remaining poor. There was a view amongst employees and the union, together with middle managers, that they were not being listened to following the changes in senior management arising from the takeover.[3] During the last 125 years, various Brush companies (Brush Switchgear, Brush Transformers, Brush Traction
Brush Traction
and Brush Control Gear) have existed on the Falcon Works site, but throughout this period Brush Electrical Machines Ltd manufacturing generators and motors has always been the largest company. Over 5,000 staff were employed on the site during the 1960s and 70s; today there are approximately 720 staff, 450 of which are direct production personnel. The following products are manufactured at the Loughborough
Loughborough
facility: Air-cooled turbogenerator in the range of 20 to 225MVA, Turbomotors from 10 to 100MW and the associated control equipment each. Aircraft manufacture[edit] In 1915, Brush Electrical were one of a number of companies outside the established aviation contractors selected by the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
to receive orders for aircraft to meet the expanding needs of the Royal Naval Air Service. Brush completed 650 aircraft by the end of 1919, including 400 Avro 504s and 142 Short Type 184s. It also built de Havilland Dragon Rapides during the Second World War, taking over production from de Havilland in 1943 and building 346 aircraft (47.5% of the total number produced) by the time production ended in 1945.[4][5] See also[edit]

Brush Traction Brush Transformers Associated British Oil Engine Company

Notes[edit]

^ "Melrose Plc-History". Archived from the original on 11 May 2009.  ^ "Melrose Plc-Strategy".  ^ "Case Study– Brush Electrical Machines
Brush Electrical Machines
(BEM) Ltd" (PDF).  ^ Robertson 1970, pp. 396–398. ^ Jackson 1987, p. 366.

References[edit]

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Jackson, A. J. De Havilland
De Havilland
Aircraft since 1909. London: Putnam, Third edition, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-802-X. Robertson, Bruce. "Brush-built Aircraft, 1915-1919". Air Pictorial, November 1970, Vol. 32 No. 11. pp. 396–398.

1.Company website "About Us", Operational sites 2.Companies House External links[edit]

Brush Electrical Machines
Brush Electrical Machines
website Clippings about Brush Electrical Machines
Brush Electrical Machines
in the 20th Century Press Archives of the German National Library of Economics
German National Library of Economics
(ZBW). [1] Collection of historical documents/photographs on the origins of Brush companies in USA and UK

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Melrose Industries

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Brush Electrical Machines Brush Transformers Brush Turbogenerators FKI Hawker Siddeley
Hawker Siddeley
Switchgear

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Brush-Barc

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